19 October 2010

Mühlhausen Doors

We are here in Mühlhausen, in the German state of Thuringia. It's a quiet place in the former GDR, and it feels a bit time-warpy. There are many abandoned buildings - East Germany has a big negative population-growth problem - but also a lot of very well maintained structures, often right next to one another. What I found really beautiful about the town, besides all of its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets, were the ornately carved and ornamented doors.
The woodwork is really amazing, and it manages to survive the neglect that a lot of these buildings have suffered. Even with peeling paint and decaying wood, the handiwork is still striking.
It's a history that I feel like could be told in a very interesting way. There must have been some very talented woodworkers - not to mention the stonemasons who did the frames.
I love all the wide doors that lead back to alleyways or courtyards. Many I've seen have this cool double-round-top design within the seam between the two panels.


  1. beautiful architectural delights....great job!!

  2. Bra inlägg Jag vill tacka dig för de ansträngningar du har gjort för att skriva denna intressanta och kunniga artikeln. Kronfoster