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Doors of Prague - from inside!

If you remember the (medieval) house with the amazing Renaissance door (edited - thanks for catching it - see below) with the bears (see below) you may be interested in what's inside. We were walking past on Monday and went in to take a look:




Detail of the archway above:



and stepping inside, here we're inside looking out:




these are the other doors you find in the courtyard/corridor (it's a bit of both) inside :




(don't you just love the doormat?)



A detail from the same door.

Comments

Bears! :)

Do people get weird at you when you take pictures of their doors?
No - these buildings are usually used or lived in by many people, so it's a fairly shared space in any case. This one - the House at the Two Golden Bears - seemed mostly offices and a library on the ground floor. We did once get some raised eyebrows when we spent ages in the Clam-Gallas Palace - http://www.ahmp.cz/eng/gallas.html - but even then, no-one was unpleasant or tried to stop us.

The only nasty incident we had once was when we were photographing the door of an apartment block (in a fairly, but not very, touristy area) and two large men came out and said something threatening along the lines of "Scum Russians go home." I was so annoyed that I did stick to my - very poor - Russian. Fortunately I have a nice selection of Russian swear words.

On the other hand, in one way it was quite nice to be mistaken for Russian. Though as you've gathered, it can be hard to be Russian here at times.
I love the bears .. its a renaissance door, is it not?
I know where it is, but I havent looked close enough to see the woodwork on the door jam

.. a classic!
Yes, you're right thanks, the door is Renaissance. I meant to say that the house was medieval - the door is later. Edited!

Fabulous door - just a pity it's a bit surrounded by shops selling souvenirs right now. Maybe that will improve at some point.
I wonder what it cost to have a magnificent door like that built then versus now. I have an odd-sized, plain door that I would love to have replaced (with the same odd size, but upgraded), but the cost is prohibitive. I can't imagine what something like that would cost.
It's an interesting question. I know that some of these places cost an enormous amount in the value of the time. But I've no idea about this door - I honestly need to sit and read a bit of the history as I know very little about this house.

The issue now is also whether the skills would even exist to make something that would last for 500 years. Perhaps it would be possible - but I assume the level of artisanship that could make something like that was less rare (if still not exactly common) in those days.

Courtyard Doors

Karen:

I have no clue where this is coming from, because the Courtyard doors are beautiful, but for me they are also scary. As if they are doors to cells, and once the doors are slammed shut, they don't open again.

Blessings,
Bonnie