Carvings on St Mary's Cathedral Door
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Carvings on St Mary’s Cathedral Door

Carvings on St Mary’s Cathedral Door


As I visited St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh – the largest in Scotland – my eyes were caught by the lovely carvings decorating the old doors, the spirals and volutes gracefully emphasizing the elaborated neo-gothic sculptures of the entrance porch.

Strangely enough, when I walk in a city or a town, often randomly, there are subjects attracting my attention. Architectural details, signs, graffiti and… doors.

While admiring St Mary’s Cathedral entrance, I thought that after all, doors were the first access for the faithful to the house of God. They had to be inviting and reassuring. Compared to the elaborated doors of Milan Cathedral, or the ones wonderfully sculpted at the Florence Duomo, the entrance doors of St Mary’s Cathedral surprised me by their simplicity. And I liked the contrast between the  graceful volutes and the sculpted porch, beautiful and austere, imposing with its perfect symmetry.


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Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

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  • Mike
    Posted at 15:25h, 08 August Reply

    What is it about doors. I do the same thing on my trips. Last fall in Ecuador I must have taken 20 to 25 pics of church and building doors. I love their intricate designs and I must see this one eventually. Thanks for sharing. Safe Travels !!!

    • Simon
      Posted at 07:56h, 09 August Reply

      Glad you share my love for doors, Mike. I published a photo essay on London Doors some time ago and I have so many pictures that I should definitely prepare another one. Stay tuned. Probabli more doors coming soon 🙂

  • Simon
    Posted at 08:53h, 08 August Reply

    Thank you, Crystal. It’s always nice when someone shares our tastes and passions. Cheers!

  • Chrystal McKay
    Posted at 03:55h, 08 August Reply

    Ohhh I really love these carvings! Great detail!

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