My name is Oliver Gee and I have a confession. I’m obsessed with great knockers.
I told a friend in Paris about my new obsession and he told me I should go to the red-light district of Pigalle to see more, but it turned out to be a miscommunication.
I meant knockers on doors, you see. And doorknobs. I love them. And Paris has some of the best you will ever see.
With this in mind, I’ve been spending hours strolling around the city specifically looking for the best of the best. The following pictures were mostly taken on the Ile Saint Louis, and in the 5th and 6th arrondissements.
Some are fantastically ornate – others are eye-wateringly beautiful – but all of them caught my attention in some way.
Here are the best ten I’ve found – the creme de la creme – followed by a few collages of 32 more that I really liked.
Hope they knock you out too!
And here are some more worth a look. Let’s start with a gallery of lions (you can click to enlarge).
Some of them you have to look closely to appreciate, like this one with the French word for letters (Lettres).
And some are just intriguing to look at (remember to click to enlarge).
In any case, you’ve got to hand it to the Parisians. They sure know how to decorate a door.
If you liked these pictures about Paris doorways, I’d bet my bottom dollar you’d like my other story about chasse roues, the iron and stone door protecters of Paris. Oh look, there’s one below. And here are 38 more that I spotted in town.
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