Thursday Doors, April 6, 2017

If you go off the train at the Ostiense station in Rome, you will find all kinds of things going on.

The newly hipsterised area called Testaccio has plenty of attractions. “The old cemetery for non Catholic foreigners,” says the plaque by the door. It is also knows as Protestant cemetery or Cimitero degli Inglesi, “Englishmen’s Cemetery”. Two prominent young poets lie there, next to a Swedish doctor and an American beatnik, among many others, but more on that another time. There is peace, greenery, resident cats and some doors too, of course there are, but there are also some surprising views.

Photo: © signature mmm

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. bikerchick57 says:

    Pretty doors! I love that they have such a beautiful cemetery for the non-Catholics. Having grown up Catholic, but now am Protestant, I wonder where I would fit in in Rome.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. Let’s just say that this dilemma should stay unsolved for a while. 🙂

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Nice unexpected discoveries! For doors lovers cemeteries can often provide pleasant surprises.
    Some pretty opulent “permanent homes” eh?
    And yes I do believe you have posted our first Pyramid door – well done 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Norm. This was fun – you arrive for all but doors and yet you leave with 20, including the pyramid one. 😀

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  3. Yes, a pyramid door is unique, but the pyramid itself looks bizarre in that setting! I like the designs on the entrance gate and the Anderson tomb and the unexpected color on the first building.

    janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet. Truth be told – the Pyramid is on the outside of the cemetery and yet gives this grand view.

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  4. What a selection, Manja. You even managed to include a pyramid door. Quite a feat, considering you were nowhere near Egypt. 🙂

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    1. Hehe, I know, Jean! I was as surprised as you all the first time I saw it. And I was not in Egypt at all yet.

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  5. conspicari says:

    Great set of doors and gates, love the pyramid door. :>)

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    1. Thank you, Conspicari! I’m glad to be able to include it.

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  6. JT Twissel says:

    What an interesting cemetery – kind of like a walk through history.

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    1. Indeed, Jan, this is one amazing place. I wish everybody could visit it.

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  7. joey says:

    Good grief this post has everything! A castle? A pyramid? And THAT gate?!? Oooooh! I love the path as well. Green grass, gray stones — can’t go wrong 🙂

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    1. Oh yes, Joey, this is what I think about Italy. 🙂 It has everything. This path and the Pyramid are out of bounds but I just read that since recently you can book a tour of it two Saturdays every month. And thank you!

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  8. Dan Antion says:

    Another fine collection, I envy your ability to find and photograph these.

    “I cannot ignore a door.” – How well I know that feeling.

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    1. Ohh, Dan, please, no envy, my ability is just the result of living around here. But thank you. And this feeling is mutual to us all who gather around Norm. He has us well trained. 😉

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      1. Dan Antion says:

        I just meant that I would live to be able to see these up close. I love the craftsmanship.

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  9. dennyho says:

    What a wonderful tour of a very interesting cemetery. Nice photos Manja! And the pyramid…what a surprise…

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    1. Thank you, Danny! I’m glad I managed to turn it into a surprise. 🙂 It was for me as well.

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  10. Pyramid door is just wow!! A story should be written one day..haha :)) interesting who could live there…?!

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    1. Thank you, RayNot. It should be written really! 😀 Just earlier I posted the Pyramid door photo on Twitter saying “I want to live behind the pyramid door.”

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  11. fkasara says:

    Amazing, Manja, as always! ❤

    I've never visited this cemetery, but I've read in The Secrets of Rome by Augias that once there weren't walls around it and that, as a consequence, it was subjected to vandalism (because, you know, Non-catholics…)

    Haha, yeah, Romans used to love Egyptian stuff, just look how many obelisks there are around Rome!

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    1. Thank you, Sara! 🙂 Amore gave The Secrets of Rome to my father as a present. I haven’t read it yet. He showed me on many statues that parts are missing, due to vandalism as you say. And he says that one of the obelisks is fake but that nobody knows which one it is. 😀

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  12. maksi2016 says:

    And the winner is: Pyramide of Cestius!

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  13. Joanne Sisco says:

    Oh MMM! Only you would somehow manage to find a pyramid and a castle in a cemetery, complete with a typical awesome collection of doors!! 😀
    Top marks, with added bonus points, from me today!!

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    1. Yeah, Joanne, I appreciate your enthusiasm. 🙂 Thank you!

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  14. msgt3227 says:

    Such wonderful variety!!!

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    1. Thank you, Kevin! 🙂

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  15. misselenka says:

    I love everything related to oldish architecture 😍 p.s. yes! I read your post! 😉

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    1. Thank you, Elenka. 🙂

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