Grand doorway and bricked up door, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018

Thursday doors

Doors 46 – Citta di Castello – part 3

The final instalment of doors from Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, where I (not so recently any more) spent a week with my family on our summer holiday. ‘Citta’ was the nearest city to where we were staying and is a place that we have visited many times over the years. This area of Italy is a particular favourite of ours, but this is the first time I have visited with a ‘door chip’ inserted. There is a little more to some of these doors than first meets the eye.

This door was the entrance to some apartments and played host to tons of small tags and graffiti. Most of the other doors on this main shopping street were not afforded the same attention.

Graffiti door, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018
Graffiti door, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018
Double door, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018
Double door, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018

There are many views and scenes in Italy that unsurprisingly remind you of some of the great Italian artists – the door below and the archway leading up to it and all the colours and shadows screamed Giorgio de Chirico to me.

'De Chirico' door, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018
‘De Chirico’ door, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018

I did a little research on the next door, because there was something about it that was rather special. It is in fact a door of the dead, and thanks this post on the fabulous website Experience Tuscany and Umbria, I can tell you a little more about it. The door dates back to medieval times and would usually be set to one side of the main dwelling entrance. It was only ever used for taking a deceased body out of the home in a coffin, after which the doorway was bricked up on the inside to prevent death from returning. I believe that many of these doors can be found in old Italian houses.

Door of the dead, Corso Cavour, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018
Door of the dead, Corso Cavour, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018

The final door is another rather peculiar one which was in the wall of the crypt of the Cathedral of St Florido and Amanzio by the exit. It was an iron gate, not very special in its own right but it was what lay behind it that was a bit creepy.

Cathedral of St Florido and Amanzio, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018
Cathedral of St Florido and Amanzio, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018

I have been to catacombs and many crypts and have seen many skeletons and relics and expect this kind of thing in Italy, but this display was simply weird. The cellar room had a scene reminiscent of Pinocchio, presumably something for children to look at, but in my view the stuff of nightmares. Interesting nonetheless.

Cathedral of St Florido and Amanzio, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018
Cathedral of St Florido and Amanzio, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy, August 2018

And that’s it from Citta di Castello…more Italian doors soon.

by Scooj

More doors at: Thursday Doors – Norm 2.0

 

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I am Stephen. I live in Bristol, UK. I decided to shorten my profile...to this: Wildlife, haiku, travel, streetart, psychogeography and my family. Not necessarily in that order.

8 thoughts on “Thursday doors”

  1. I had to Google Giorgio de Chirico, and you are right! Your photo truly resembles his work. Citta di Castello is 3 hours from me by car, just outside my normal span. But adding a green flag on it in any case, one never knows. Now I need to go back for more door posts from you! In this post the “death door” is the most impressive. You did well to find info on it. Remarkable!

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  2. This post screams Halloween! Door of the Dead and then Pinocchio behind the bars? Very nice for getting us in the mood for fall and candy corn. I’m ready…seriously tho, I’m reading more about the Corso Cavours, fascinating!

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