Old doors, windows, gates and details from houses, Kefalonia/ Greece

I still have so many photos from old Greek doors, from these wonderful blacksmiths’ works that I want to show you. Their fantasy seems to have been infinite. Nowadays plastic doors look all the same. By the way, on one house somebody has written: “Lixouri 9 Richter”. In February 2014 Kefalonia was hit by a severe earthquake with nearly 9 Richter. Many houses had collapsed, mountainsides came down, streets got huge cracks as well as the harbour in Lixouri. Fortunately, nobody was injured.

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50 thoughts on “Old doors, windows, gates and details from houses, Kefalonia/ Greece

    • I always wonder, too. I love to let my fantasy roam around and every door is telling you something about the owner in a way.
      Due to preventive methods in building houses with iron bars and lots of cement, they don’t crash that easily as before when they were built stone on stone. When I saw the harbour which consists of some hundredthousand tons of cement and was ripped apart by a huge crack, I could nearly imagine what kind of immense power had cracked it.

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      • I prefer to live in a safe place without earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis etc. too. But on the other hand, when I leave my house a roof shingle could fall on my head and kill me and when I’m riding my bike through the forest in these stormy days, a big tree could fall over. I hope we are not heading for a third world war, Mary.

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      • Well, there’s a lot of money to be made from a war; that’s why we have so many. Don’t mind me, I can get a bit cynical and negative sometimes. I fell off a chair while changing the light bulb and could have been killed 🙂 WWIII is the last of my worries. Still, it’s already overdue.

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      • that’s right, Mary. Moral and money don’t fit together. So you are not afraid to die in WWIII but nearly died while changing your light bulb, sorry, that’s somehow a little funny. But I hope you didn’t hurt yourself and feel better soon.

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  1. What a collection Mitza, I always enjoy your doors they are so crazy beautiful and intricate. I can’t get enough of that beautiful blue color, that is possible only in Greece, it a signature color and I adore that shade of blue.
    That was a terribly strong earthquake, fortunately nobody got hurt!
    Thanks for sharing a piece of Greece with us, it is always so lovely to look at real craftsmanship of the gone by era.
    Wishing you a beautiful weekend!~Eva

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    • Thank you so much, dear Eva. You are probably right, this blue color is very typical for Greece and is also in their flag. I’m really happy you like these intricate old doors, too.
      Maybe I’m the only one that has such a great collection of old doors of a certain period which will be gone sooner or later, unfortunately.
      I was really lucky the earthquake happened without me. I would have been terribly frightened. Even the small earthquakes we have felt were a little bit shocking. Have a wonderful weekend, too, dear Eva, kind regards Mitza

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  2. I looked at the devastations wreaked by the earthquake and I am amazed at man’s resilience and willingness to rebuild what has been destroyed. Did you take these pictures before the earthquake struck on this beautiful island? You are are so right, Mitza. Every door is unique and has character. Uniformity is boring.

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    • Mankind sometimes reminds me of ants. They always rebuild what has been destroyed, be it an earthquake or a war. How did Hamburg look after the war, completely devastated. And Kefalonia had been hit by a very strong earthquake already in the fifties, where 80% of all houses collapsed as they built the houses stone on stone in former times. Nowadays you must build earthquake-safe with iron bars and cement. The earthquake was in February 2014 and I made these fotos in September 2014. But I can tell you that even this year, most of the damages have not yet been repaired.
      thanks a lot for your nice comment, Peter and have a nice 2nd advent, regards Mitza

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    • Vielen Dank, Jule. Ich glaube nicht, dass ich jemals zwei gleiche Türen entdeckt habe, und das ist genau das, was ich so erstaunlich finde. Wo gibt es das schon? Ich wünsche Dir eine schöne Adventszeit, liebe Grüße Mitza

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  3. wonderful collection of these doors and gates Mitza! I’m quite intrigued with #3 and #11 they look so empty and haunted now. Makes me want to peer inside them 🙂 thanks for sharing your collection, or part …lol I bet you have more!

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    • Old houses and doors have something intriguing but could be sad, too. Once there was laughter and happyness and now only solitude. I indeed have hundreds of doors still in my computer. (My poor followers have to look at all of them, heheh)

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    • that’s right. Just imagine how much work it was to curve and weld all these little pieces. A real piece of art for me. Thanks for your comment and have a Merry X’mas, regards Mitza

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  4. I love this post and have also been inspired to photograph interesting doors in my travels. I’m not sure what draws me to them but there’s something infinitely interesting and beautiful, like no two snowflakes being alike. In fact I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to photos of doors. Thank you for this post!

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    • Thanks a lot for your wonderful and thouhtful words. I’m thinking a lot about what people like about old doors. I think it inspires the fantasy to think about the people that live inside. And you’re right, there are not two doors alike in this world. That’s crazy. It shows the individualism of people. Have a nice day, regards Mitza

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