Thursday Doors, August 17 2017

Today just one door. But it’s all-encompassing.

I’ve always found it hard to imagine how one building can contain all books published by a nation. And yet it does. Luckily, the nation is rather small.

During my January Graffiti Tour of Ljubljana I told the guide that I liked taking photos of doors especially, and he asked me if I’d done the NUK yet. I had to admit that I hadn’t.

NUK, National and University Library of Slovenia, was designed by the most important Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik and built between 1936 and 1941. Even though I passed it at least three times during my return visits to Ljubljana since I moved to Tuscany, judging from my photo archives, I never even glanced at its door. How rude.

So the least I could do – at least until I write a book so that NUK will have to contain me too – was finish my recent hot, painful and bittersweet photo round of Ljubljana there, in front of its door. Dan and Norm will say that it needs a bit of TLC but the handles make up for it.

Said that, I realise that I miss my door friends and your doors and visiting blogs in general. My visit got another week added but sooner or later I’ll be back and come abreast.

Photo: © signature mmm

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

28 Comments Add yours

  1. Judith says:

    There’s a wonderful patina on those doors with the right hand handle polished by use and the left hand aging gracefully.

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    1. Thank you, Judith. They are truly a sight.

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  2. maksi2016 says:

    Plečnik’s close associate was also the father of Janez Suhadolc who created a unique chess set in memory of architect’s genius, finding inspiration in Plečnik’s work – knight construction on door knob at NUK.

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    1. Thank you, good to know. 🙂

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  3. dweezer19 says:

    That is a mighty door!

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl, indeed!

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful doors. I love the horses. The mix of brick and stone is nicely done. I don’t always like that look, but I think it works here.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. Plečnik also did several churches and bridges and cemeteries in Ljubljana. If I was more hard-working, I’d do a nice tour… One day.

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  5. LOVE the patina and door pulls! Great post!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. These are certainly much-used pulls.

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    The glow on that building in your fly-by shot and the horse-head handles 😀
    Wonderful stuff.

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    1. Thank you, Norm. I’m glad I went to click on them.

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  7. joey says:

    I think the doors are beautiful, and the handles are downright divine 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Joey, I’m glad you approve. 🙂

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  8. dennyho says:

    I think your door needs no assistance at all…I like the patina’d look that comes with age (and neglect). A great post and let us know when your words are housed here, too!

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    1. Hehe, Denny, thank you. Not that I have any, but I wonder if self-published count…

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  9. JT Twissel says:

    Love the detail on the horse head handles! I have a thing about handles in general.

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    1. Thank you, Jan. This one is just for you then. 🙂

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  10. jesh stg says:

    All your details are lovely and tell the story – love the sculpture of that globe with the wood(?) pieces, and your fly-by at night rendition. Beautiful door handle at the end!

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    1. Thank you, Jesh. I don’t think that globe is still there, it must have been temporary.

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  11. bikerchick57 says:

    Like a few others here, I love the patina on the doors and the horse heads on the handles. It’s as if it were made for a gladiator.

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    1. Oh, Mary, interesting thought. 🙂 Thank you!

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  12. Joanne Sisco says:

    LOVE!! … not only the door and it’s wonderful handles, but the textured effect of the building with the stone. What would otherwise be a plain boxy building now has visual interest. My favourite photo is the 1st one. It provides a great perspective on the wall’s texture.

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. 🙂 I’m glad it gives good impression.

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  13. The door is truly breathtaking, Manja! What are your highlights of Ljubljana?

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    1. Thank you. Ljubljana is my hometown, I lived there for 40+ years, all my life before I moved to Tuscany. It’s a very bikeable city. It makes you stop and enjoy life. You should take time for it and not run. I love the cafe up the Skyscraper, Metelkova City, “Das ist Walter” Bosnian restaurant and “Trubarjev antikvariat” old books shop. I like the bar in Mostec and the one on top of Šmarna gora to where you must hike. Much more, of course, just the very centre has been turned into a generic tourist trap that breaks my heart.

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  14. Those horse handles are fab! Never seen anything like them😍

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    1. Thank you, Susan. 🙂 They are indeed unique.

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