We’ve just come back from our third trip to Barcelona.
Apple Photos is telling me I took 1,300 pictures with my iPhone. (only about 15 more than last year!)
I haven’t looked at many yet, but it’s Thursday and NORM’S THURSDAY DOORS are calling me to action.
I’m featuring one of the many individual-cell doors around the cloisters of the Gothic Monastery of Pedralbes.
The monastery dates back to 1326 and this lock might just do so too:
As might its handle:
I would say: “Oh if only doors could talk. What tales they could tell!”
But these doors do whisper stories……
…….but only lovers of doors can hear and understand them.
Let this description from Wikipedia set the scene for your imagination:
Pedralbes Monastery was founded by King James II of Aragon for his wife Elisenda de Montcada in 1326. It housed a community of Poor Clares, mostly members of noble families. The queen gave the monastery a series of privileges, including the direct protection of the city of Barcelona, through the Consell de Cent (“Council of the Hundred”), who had the task to defend it in case of danger. Elisenda also built a palace annexed to the monastery, where she lived after her husband’s death in 1327. She died there in 1367. The remains of the palace were discovered in the 1970s.
During the Catalan Revolt (1640), the nuns were expelled, but later returned. A small number of nuns still reside in the complex.
Thanks to Norm for his inspiration.
Thanks to Manja for co-hosting while Norm is travelling to Rome, where he’ll perhaps see a door or two.
Thanks for visiting PHOTOPHILE