Before I take you through the doors of Jerusalem let me give you a bit of a backstory. Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Jerusalem, Israel with a group of amazing travel bloggers from around the world. I realised on my (horrendous) flight from Luton to Tel Aviv that I had never visited a Middle Eastern country before. The closest I’d come were transfers through Dubai. How had this happened? How had I managed to never even visit somewhere like Turkey or Egypt on a family holiday? Oh well, I was confident that it wouldn’t make a difference. I was wrong.
But despite the culture shock that I surprisingly found myself wrestling with during my time in Jerusalem, I still found pieces to love. One of the things I loved most were the doors of Jerusalem. Now, I know doors are a ridiculously “trendy” topic in the world of travel. New Instagram accounts dedicated to doors pop up by the hour. HOWEVER, the doors in Jerusalem are on another level. And really, there’s something comforting and exciting about doors all at once.
I mean, where do they lead? What’s behind them? Who lives in these houses? What stories would these doors tell if they could talk? I can’t answer all these questions. But I’ll show you the doors of Jerusalem and let you whip up some wonderful stories of your own to attach to them. Let your imagination run wild. And if that all sounds too much, then just enjoy the pretty photos.
The Doors of Jerusalem
One of the many beautiful doors in the neighbourhood of Ein Karem. If I ever have a house I want flowers around the door.
I walked past this door a few times in Jerusalem and it seemed like the old man sitting inside it was always there. If I read Hebrew I’m sure I could tell you what was actually inside this door. But I don’t, so I can’t. I particularly liked the scenes depicted on the door.
We visited the Church of St.John the Baptist in the Ein Karem neighbourhood. Just as I walked towards the front doors of the church I looked to my left and saw this colourful little door in the shadow of a towering palm tree. Who goes through this door? The monks? Maintenance staff? Does it lead to underground tunnels? SO MUCH MYSTERY.
I loved this door for so many reasons. The street art is so colourful (I love orange and blue together). Also, the door is number 24 which is my birthday, so I’m just going to call that fate too. hah. The twisted postbox is cute. It makes me think that they pissed off the postman and he just went to town on it. Or that a neighbour placed some sordid love letter in it and then realised it was the wrong mailbox. So, of course he had to set about prying it apart before he was found out.
I love the details of this door. Particularly how the tiles of the number 14 are crooked. Then there’s the anchor on the right and the colourful mosaic above the door. Perhaps an old ship captain lives behind the door and now makes mosaics from old tiles that he found on a shipwreck somewhere.
OK I actually know what is behind this door. This is a chocolate shop. I guess the sign is a big give away. The chocolate was incredible and I hear the ice cream is also delightful. I know I keep talking about the colours, but WHY are doors not this bright at home in Dublin?? Maybe they are?
Despite what this picture may lead you to believe, I am not the owner of this property. But that wall was so charming that I had to sit down with it. I mean, look at the smile on my face. I imagine a Jewish florist that loves tap-dancing owns this colourful gate/door. What do you think?
I found this door in a Moroccan themed square just off King David’s street in Jerusalem. Maybe I’m just obsessed with colours and mosaics? I have a feeling that inside these doors might be even more interesting than outside. But alas, I was too busy making a rap video and enjoying a scavenger hunt to peek inside. More on that later.
What’s Behind the Doors of Jerusalem?
So, what do you think? Aren’t they beautiful? But what’s behind them? Tell me the quirkiest story you can think of for one of these gorgeous doors.
There will be plenty more tales from Jerusalem in the coming weeks. Until then, have a read of my latest article about the Amalfi Coast.
* Thanks to TBEX and Jerusalem/Israel tourism for organising my trip to Jerusalem.