Thursday Doors

Blue seems to be the favourite colour of doors in Old Delhi:

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Now for some Delhi doors with different colours:

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During the Indian Mutiny, at the end of the siege of Delhi, the British forces pounded Kashmir Gate with heavy artillery but still had to blow the doors off. Now it is a monument for the First War of Independence, damage kept intact.

Now for a couple of temple doors.

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18 Replies to “Thursday Doors”

  1. Excellent selection of doors! I like those close-ups you included of that last golden door. It’s a shame about the bottom of it, but it’s not as noticeable in the wider shot.
    Pretty impressive how the Kashmir Gate survived heavy artillery and is still standing!

  2. In India, most creations gradually decay, some faster than others. It is accepted. There are too many dilapidated historical buildings for the Arch Survey of India to keep renovated. Tragic, but it is accepted. The massive pock marks made by the cannons look a bit too tidy to my eye. I think that they must have been prettified and tidied up a bit. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. If all the cities had gates as fortified as the Kashmir gate, it would be hard to take a city or town!
    What I see in your pics of India is similar what I saw in China. My son lived in a “new” apartment building in Nanchang, 2 million inhabitants (about 10 years old, I believe). “Really?” I asked, “It looks more than 30 years old!” And even newer than 10 years, looked old to Western eyes. A little depressing.

  4. I think that blue is a popular colour in hot climates because it’s a *cool* colour. Does it work? 😉
    All these doors and the architecture in general has so much detail. I like blue doors – especially the 4th one with the door in the door, but I’m particularly taken with door 968. What a great shot through the doorway showing the interior and the door beyond.

  5. In this area, the fancier doors were once villas called Havelis, occupied by nobles at the Moghul Court in the late 17th to mid 19th centuries in Delhi. After the Indian Mutiny, the city was sacked by the vengeful British soldiers and most citizens fled. The British allowed Hindu families to take over the havelis, as there was a significant Jihadi movement in Delhi during the siege. Muslims returned to the city, but partition caused many to leave for Pakistan in 1947. So the short answer is they used to be homes of the wealthy, but in this location, many wealthy people lived.

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