Thursday Doors: Doors of Quebec City

This is a photo essay featuring several doors of the old part of downtown Québec City for Norm’s Thursday Doors, since they do not all belong to the same place.

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I posted this picture last week for Flower of the Day (FOTD). I took this photo shortly after we left the Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica. Apparently the flowers were decorations related to a window display of this shop.
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This is not a real door, but rather a close-up of part of a large mural depicting characters, both fictional and historical, which populate a street scene of Quebec. As you can see, the painting is very realistic. 

 

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I loved this building near the waterfront in Quebec. The three pairs of red doors are quite unique. At the top of the building is a post that sticks out, apparently for throwing over a rope to act as a sort of pulley to haul up goods from the street.

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Shop door with a stereotypical First Nations theme

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Just as I snapped the picture of this beautiful door, a tourist stepped in front of it and then I couldn’t get another picture.

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Upcoming post: More photos of beautiful Quebec City!

 

FOTD: Quebec Loves Flowers

Yesterday, I wrote about the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Quebec. After we left that church, I spotted this shop entrance decorated with large red roses. Since there were so many of them, I asked our guide, Sandrine, if the roses were for some special occasion.

“No,” she replied. “We just love flowers.”

Good enough reason for me!  (I wondered, though, about the balloon. The second picture shows more of the roses, apparently related to a window display.) Of course, the roses aren’t real but they are beautiful anyway!

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Cee’s Flower of the Day, 11/25/17

Thursday Doors: The Holy Door of Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec

The Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec is the seat of the Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Québec province, located at 16, rue de Buade in Québec City. It 20171006_144325is the oldest cathedral in the Americas north of the former Spanish colonies in Florida and New Mexico.  The original cathedral began construction on this site in 1647 and was officially founded in 1666, but was twice destroyed by fire.  The first of these occurred during the Siege of Quebec in 1759. It was reconstructed between 1786-1822. In 1843, the façade was reconstructed to resemble the façade of the church of Sainte-Geneviève in Paris in the Neo-classic style.

The second fire occurred in 1922, by the Canadian faction of the Ku Klux Klan. It was restored and a presbytery was added in 1931-32.

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There are only eight holy doors in the world and only two outside Europe. Quebec’s holy door was opened on December 8, 2013 – a ceremony presided over by the recently ordained Pope Francis – and remained open until December 28, 2014.

20171006_144122Pope Francis gave Quebec’s Cathedral of Notre-Dame the privilege of opening a holy door to mark its Jubilee Year, the 350th anniversary of its founding, as the first Catholic parish in North America. The holy door was opened again from December 2015 to November of 2016 for the Catholic Year of Mercy.  Since then, it has been sealed, but will be opened again in 2025.  (I used Wikipedia as my source for the history of the holy door, in addition to what our guide told us.)

According to the web site Catholic Straight Answers, holy doors signify coming into the presence of God.  Jesus Christ said, “I am the door” (John 10:7) through which the faithful are connected to God.  To pass through the holy door also is a sign of one’s conviction that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

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Norm’s Thursday Doors, 11/23/17

WPC: Black Cat Alley – Transformation from Mundane to Beauty

Black Cat Alley was, until September 2016, just a non-descript and rather dark alley on Milwaukee’s north side.

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I downloaded this photo in order to show how the alley looked before it was painted.

I probably would have been scared to traverse that alley, until it was transformed into a gallery of murals by 15 Milwaukee street artists! On a recent visit to Milwaukee, Dale and I visited Black Cat Alley, a one-block space starting at Kenilworth St. and ending at Ivanhoe, between Farwell and Prospect Avenues, to see this transformation from “a dark and quiet space” into a “beautiful, cultural destination for the public.”

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Dale climbs the stairs leading into the alley.

 

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The alley as seen from the opposite end.

 

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The iconic frog that one sees from the street before entering Black Cat Alley. (I downloaded this image because my photo didn’t come out well. It can be found on their web site – link near end of post.)

 

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There were several of these groups of fish painted on the sidewalk.

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Another downloaded image – this beautiful mural in red, white and black, Inmate, was vandalized, so  the wall has been painted over in solid red.  (It is visible in my second photo, above.)

I found information about Black Cat Alley from this web site before we went to Milwaukee. I would love to visit again in the summertime, and see the other street art scattered throughout the city.  It has definitely undergone tremendous transformation since my seven years’ residence there in the 1980s!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge, 11/22/17 with the theme of Transformation.

 

CFFC: N is for…

My grand-nephew Nicholas (picture taken several years ago; Nicholas is now 21.) Not only is he handsome but he’s a talented musician also!Nicholas Keriazakos.jpgNicholas-Xmas14

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Native American culture at the North Dakota Cultural Center (Bismarck, ND)

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Reproduction of the first house in North Dakota, made of wooden posts, covered in bark or hide

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This winter count, created by High Dog, depicts 114 years of a Teton Dakota band’s history. Spiraling clockwise from the upper left hand corner, each pictograph represents an event in a given year. Modern winter counts continue to record significant events in tribal history.

(More about the North Dakota Cultural Center in a separate post.)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter N (must start with N)