There is something truly special and stand out about the front doors of buildings in Spain. From Barcelona to Cadiz, the carved wooden doors are a symbol of strength, great art and hint at its history with influence from the Moors.
Take a look at some of these Spanish doorways that really stand out!
Spain’s history is a mix of many different cultures melding together in the Iberian Peninsular. Influences from the European countries of Italy, France and Germany converged with the invading Moors of North Africa, and we can see this pairing play out in the elaborate wood carvings, columns and beautifully elaborate doorways around the country.
Moorish carpenters were highly skilled. Particularly found in the south of Spain where the Moors’ influence was stronger, the doors, windows and ceilings can be found with elaborate lattice pattern work and paired with ceramic tiles. Wooden doorways are carved and not always painted, allowing the timber’s grain to be part of the design. You also see plenty of arches and geometric shapes.
In the Middle Ages after the reconquista when the Christian kingdoms gained a stronghold over Spain, the new cathedrals and churches were built in a Gothic style. These doors have pointed archways, constructed with a lot of stone. Renaissance styles encouraged frivolity with pillars, and Baroque styles placed many crests above the door to celebrate the wealthy families who lived in the building.
Wrought Iron and Modernisme
Wrought iron was popular in the 1800s, protecting doors and windows from thieves, while still allowing airflow into the building. Spanish architect Gaudí used wrought iron for many of his spectacular projects. As Art Nouveau made its way to Barcelona, the floral organic shapes merged with similar styles seen in Catalonia to become Modernisme.
Do you have a special spot in Spain that we missed? Leave us a comment below and let us know which doorway stood out the most for you!