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blue door montage October 24, 2007

Posted by Victoria Fredericks in Culture, Photography, Travel.

I am completely fascinated by blue doors. I collect photos of them from around the world. It’s a really cool superstition; blue doors are prevalent in a lot of exotic places around the world (especially in the Mediterranean regions) as they are believed to repel evil. The vast difference in structure and surrounding fascinates me. I’m intrigued by imperfections (peeling paint, signs of wear, etc) and architectural detail, and pulled by the allure of the foreign. I painted my own front door to my apartment blue. It stands out beautifully. It brings something unique to something ordinary. I think I will always have a blue door.

I found this fascinating, from greecetravel.com:

“The ancient Egyptians were furnished with the turquoise-blue stone (cyanus, lapis lazuli) from the Sinai peninsula since the 4th millenium BC. The precious material is found in abundance in Tourkestan where its name originates. It was also known in Cyprus but according to ancient writers, the best quality was the Scythian turquoise, whose origin was most probably Chinese. Today, it is mined in North America (California, Arizona) in Central America (Mexico), in Australia, in North Africa and in Siberia. In North America the artifacts of the Indians decorated with the precious blue stone are well known. In Europe the stone is imported mainly from Iran (province of Isfahan), where the best variation of the stone is found. Its shape is opaque and very hard, but porous, and changes color (it turns to green) and “dies”, when it comes in contact with perfumes and cosmetics.
Its ancient name “cyanus” refers, apart from the mineral stone, to the artificial glass and to the paint as well. The natural turquoise stone decorated mainly jewels and weapons, statues, like the statue of Zeus in Olympia had eyes of turquoise inserted and in this practice the Greeks imagined their Gods and heroes as blue-eyed.
The turquoise paint that the painters used was the product of powder turquoise stone mixed with other ingredients or a mixture of copper from Cyprus and sand. The third and most expensive paint was made with the plant “Indian cyanus” (indigo, bluing). Architectural parts of public buildings, like the triglyphs and mutule of the Parthenon, as well as parts of villas in Pompeii and Rome, were painted in turquoise. In Athens, at Omonia square, on Dorou street No. 1 and on Stadiou street No. 58, blue friezes surround restored neoclassical buildings. Similar friezes are found in the Ionian islands, in the Cyclades, in the islands of the Argosaronic gulf and in Macedonia, in the villages of Mt. Paghaion.
The custom is of worldwide dimension, because even today in provinces of Spain (like in the Mancha of Don Quixote) buildings are decorated with blue bands and designs. Also, houses in Egypt, in the Arab villages of Israel, and entire villages in Moroco, have blue walls. The same turquoise color decorates the houses of Mexican Indians and strongly speaks of common universal civilization features.”

Here, some of my favorite blue door photos from around the world–enjoy.



Sarajevo, Bosnia

Gyeongju, Korea

Essaouira, Morocco (by Linda Mathieu)

Asilah, Morocco (this one is just so amazing, the colors)!


Greece (my personal favorite)!



1. Tiffany - October 24, 2007

Very beautiful. I, too, love the last photo.

2. Blair - October 24, 2007

The first two are so beautiful! We always have blue doors, it’s one of the first things my mom does when we move in.

3. Trisha - October 29, 2007

That’s pretty cool.

4. Emily - November 9, 2007

The Tunisian one is beautiful

5. Simone - July 17, 2010

Just repainted our home yellow and added my fantasy blue door and shutters. The problem is we live in a schmancy part of Southern Cali and our neighborhood is varying shades of brown, tan , beige, burgundy, and boring appropriate… and my painter said he finds this color repulsive and his not proud of his work. To me it represents Greece, Italy, and beauuuty… I should just move home to the East Coast, huh? LOL Am thinking, just for harmony, I should paint the shutters white to blend w the trim and keep my blue door. Thanks for listening/reading. XO 🙂

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