Friday, July 31, 2015

Doors, Gates and Paths: The Curious Side of Sibenik, Croatia

Old towns along the Adriatc coastline, like Hvar, Dubrovnik, Korcula, have their curiosities when it comes to architecture. The Mediterranean influence on buildings is certainly there, and it's infused with medieval inspiration and broad strokes of the necessities that life in these parts of the world brings with it. The old town of Sibenik as well as its area hold wonderful examples of that. I visited Sibenik three years in a row now, this year I won't be going back, but I decided to collect some curious and striking images of entrances, alleys and paths.

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This entrance, in the image above, used to be a functioning door of the church behind it, but over time, as the city got reconstructed, they were literally left hanging in the air.



 Walking down these paths you feel the history creeping up on you. The sense of wonder can be overwhelming. There is just so much to see here. So many lives crammed into one tiny spot.



From here on we are in the Fortress of St. Nikola in Zablace, which is a very old fortification, still open for visitors. Many entrances and paths can be found here.




I love this last shot of the light hitting the other wall, creating a reflection as well as an illusion of a second door. Somehow it best represents the mystique of the architecture that is found here.

I hope you enjoyed these somewhat unusual sights. Have a great weekend ahead, and let me know what you think of these in the comments below.

47 comments:

  1. Very beautiful doors! I liked the first two doors very much. Strange doors hanging in the air... :)

    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Yes they are very strange. Leftovers from architectual change.

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  2. Loved the many doors and paths you pohtoraphed adn love the way most re in the brown colour range. Very atmospheric. That first door is funny nowjus hanging adn not able tobe used and it is so beautiful.

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  3. I particularly liked picture No.5 but all reminded me of my time in Dubrovnik and Korcula. Oh happy days!

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    1. These old towns along the Adriatic Sea liok very similar when it comes to architecture.

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  4. Your beautiful images speak of mystery, intrigue, and wonder. They make me want to peek inside all the doors, and walk those wonderful alleyways.
    Sensational series, Mersad, beautifully done!

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  5. Beautiful, Mersad. You photos always are!
    Thanks for posting here, and please stop by to link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/07/variations.html

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  6. Doorways into the past - how intriguing and mysterious! Loved this post.

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  7. Hello Mersad, awesome post on the doors! I love the alleys and paths! Have a happy day and weekend!

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  8. Mir gefallen die Bilder 4-5 sehr gut. Ich versuche es auch immer, einfache Sachen so künstlerisch zu bekommen, aber dann wird das Bild doch nichts. Du hast ein super Gefühl dazu. Liebe Grüße

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  9. A cracking set of images. They make me wish I could put up with towns.

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    1. Maybe the abandoned fortress will be more of a location you might want to visit then :)

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  10. Wonderful shots from each nook and corner.

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  11. These are all beautiful photos, especially the alley way with the cat in it. Looking at it makes me feel like I'm a character walking in a mystery movie.

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  12. Ah, so much history, mystery and beauty, Mersad, and as always your captures are superb!! Thank you -- again -- for sharing them with us!! Such a great way to start my day!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!!

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  13. I always like your photography. This collection is especially cool as you have captured places that seem almost spooky like the second to last shot. I can imagine 007 lurking around the corner.

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  14. Impressive shots! Love when attention is paid to doors, windows and archways.

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    1. Me as well. They are really the soul of a building.

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  15. These are wonderful shots--- They are full of stories. I like the one with the cat best.

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  16. I totally enjoyed this post. I collect doors and windows shots when I go travel.

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  17. They're wonderful. I love old doors and windows and gates and such!

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  18. Loved all these photos of the old doors and alleys. Feels like I'm going back in history.

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  19. These are gorgeous details! I love to look at architectural details like this - so beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Photo Friday this week!

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  20. This is a great series. I don't often find doors and doorways exciting but yours are just gorgeous.

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  21. Wow - what gorgeous gorgeous shots!

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  22. Beautiful! I felt like I was walking down the streets with you...many blessings to you ❤️

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  23. I love seeing your countryside and the towns but I have such a love of windows and doors in pictures that I really appreciated this post although in quite a different way.

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  24. Wonderful images, Mersad...as always.

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  25. Beautiful! The doors are very intriguing, I want to open those doors and see what's behind them :-)

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  26. Sehr geheimnissvol und toll die Stimmung eingefangen. Da könnte man bestimmt perfekt einen Krimi drehen ;-)! GlG aus Amerika, Anne

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  27. I love seeing old and different types of architecture, doors/doorways. All stunningly captured. The fifth shot, the lighting is exquisite and seeing the dark blue sky.

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  28. Love the alleys shots
    ciao
    Stefano

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  29. Your images are gorgeous as always. We were in Dubrovnik in 2001 aboard Splendour of the Seas. It was a cloudy day, yet we still got some great pictures of the shoreline, even with our (now) very old cameras. We must have been on a repositioning cruise because we were only there once.

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  30. Great shadows, Mersad; including the one with the cat!
    Have a Great Week!
    Peace :)

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  31. Beautiful images, my favourite is the last one though. It has a really interesting spooky feel to it

    mollyxxx

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  32. Fantastic collection of doorways and archways. I also find them fascinating and tend to shoot a lot of them while we travel.

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  33. I also tend to be one to notice beautiful and/or unusual doors. All the images are wonderful and I enjoyed stopping by after seeing you on Sundays in my City.

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  34. Wonderful architecture! Such beautiful shots!

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  35. These are fabulous. I really enjoyed looking at them. I particularly like the photo of the narrow street - very atmospheric!

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  36. These are fabulous. I really enjoyed looking at them. I particularly like the photo of the narrow street - very atmospheric!

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  37. Stunning images. That first photo of the suspended door is amazing.

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  38. Sibenik is very beautiful city. All photos are nicely captured. Wonderful images, as usual.

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