Adorned

Cartagena’s doors are…

Cartagena de Indias
The hundreds of aldabas (doorknockers) of Cartagena are made in bronze or iron.

In colonial times, they were important indicators of the wealth and status of the family, informing passerby of how they’d made their money. Lions indicated the military; fish, mermaids and dolphins were symbols of merchants; lizards (dragons) hinted at ties to Spanish royalty.
Cartagena de Indias

Cartagena de Indias

Centro Historico

Cartagena de Indias

Cartagena de Indias

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6 thoughts on “Adorned

    1. Yes, I’m sort of nostalgic for doorknockers…but these days, they’d just get vandalised , especially in Darwin! Or people would be kncking on them all day, just to try them out…A lot of tourists do this, unthinkingly, in Cartagena! Give the knocker a couple of big raps, then walk away, and five minutes later and angry old woman is peering out her door, cursing whoever it was that made her come downstairs! 😀

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