Thursday Doors – Chantilly

After our visit to Château de Chantilly, my friends and I wandered through the quaint town of Chantilly back towards the train station. I came across this door and couldn’t help but stop to take a picture.

I love the faded blue and well-worn appearance, not to mention the decorative panel over the window.

I’m not sure why there are 2 door knobs though? I’ve seen countless doors in France with the centrally positioned door knobs, but my North American brain doesn’t quite get them. Perhaps someone will explain this to me in the comment section below? Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s contribution.

Bonne journée!


Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments section over at Norm’s blog, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

25 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Chantilly

  1. P.S. I’m not one for selfies… but I’d probably ask you, as my tour guide, to take an epic selfie in front of that door. Gotta get that pic for the gram. (I know I’m saying this in a sarcastic tone, but I’m being dead serious)

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    1. I’m not sure. I seem to remember seeing doorknobs like this in the center of doors–unless, of course, I mistook a bell for a doorknob. Either way, the two are clearly from different eras.

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  2. Nice find! I’ve been doing this for going on six year and even I don’t know the logic behind those center-positioned door handles that we only see in Europe. If I ever get it figured out I’ll surely do a post about it.

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    1. It is, isn’t it. I’m happy that you agree. I really like your door post. I think it’s the third shot (the pillar in the foreground with the door in the background) is my favourite. 💕

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  3. These are mostly door pull knobs and not used with a latch. They are mostly found on Georgian and Victorian panelled doors and placed in the middle for symmetry, in line with the knocker and letter box. I think that’s the explanation the ones found in the UK and Ireland.

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      1. You pull the door shut with the centre knob and use a key in the lock, which is usually on the edge of the door, high or low, to lock it. Unless it’s a Yale lock, then you use a key to open it.

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  4. Oooo, that’s a good one. I have two ideas about the two knobs. Perhaps the one on the right was added, more modern. Or maybe the middle one is just decorative.



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