Monday, November 05, 2012

Heaven doors?

A few days ago I had a meeting at the Madeleine square area and I was early. So I took advantage of this unusual situation(!) to wander a bit in the neighborhood and by the church of course. I suddenly saw its magnificent doors, which I had never seen (or rather never paid attention to!). I don't know if my photo allows you to feel the emotion I felt when I saw this extraordinary work of art, but I really hope it does. I looked up on the web and found out they are made of bronze, designed by Henry de Triqueti and feature the 10 commandments. Truly exceptional. And a nice way to start the week...


  1. Beautiful doors - thanks for posting Eric - I'm embarassed to say that I haven't noticed these doors either and I have gone IN this church many times!

  2. I've climbed that stairway to heaven and I'm knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door, but St. Peter's singing "I hear you knocking, but you can't come in."

    Heaven must be missing an angel. 0:-)

    I was in this vast and imposing church last April for a wonderful concert by young musicians. I missed these doors too.

  3. Yes it does eric! I love it when you let us feel a bit like you.
    I love it when you give something new to open about Paris each day or so.
    I love it when I read the angel Drummond because he makes me smile like heaven.
    You are so vivid compared to this dark (beautiful peace of art) door
    La Madeleine ;-)

  4. The bas relief sculpture on the doors is superb. I hope your viewers will click on the photo to absorb the breathtaking scene. Wonderful!

  5. For anyone interested in the art historical precident, see Ghiberti's" Gates of Paradise", the mother of all panels from the Renaissance on.

  6. I truly love this, and I love what you wrote! Thank you so much for your daily photos. I enjoy them every day, but I rarely tell you so.

    It would be my dream to live in Paris one day. I truly believe that I did live there in a past life, because I'm so drawn to it in this life and I have no idea why. It makes no sense really. I know speaking of it in a past life is a woowoo out there thing to speak of, but after many years of inner work I think this is true!

    Merci! xoxo Valorie

  7. Extraordinary works of art are to be found all over Paris. That's one reason why it's such an amazing place. Everywhere you turn, more glory.

  8. @Petrea ". Everywhere you turn, more glory." I agree and I realize it every day!

    @Valorie Thnak you very much. It's always nice to hear such nice words.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who never spotted these doors!