Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Wednesday Doorway: l'Ecole Nationale d'Horticulture

Today's doorway is the entrance of the National School of Horticulture, founded in 1874 and located right next to the King's vegetable garden (for all posts on said garden, click on the 'potager' label below).
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La porte du mercredi, c'est l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Horticulture fondée en 1874 et située juste à côté du Potager du Roi (pour le voir, cliquez sur le tag "potager" ci-dessous).

23 comments:

tapirgal said...

Another great doorway. About the time you run out of them, you can move to the PNW. I love the monochrome coloring.

Bob Crowe said...

The faces over the doors in this style of architecture have always puzzled me. Are they watching us, guarding what lies within; some humanist symbol, i.e., the human mind made this; or just a style of decoration that became popular? It is horrible to imagine, say, the face of Ronald McDonald staring at you above the threshold if you just wanted to buy a burger.

Per Stromsjo said...

I'm also curious about the face. Reassuring in some way perhaps. As always, it's in the eye of the beholder.

Olivier said...

c'est classe cette plaque, on doit se sentir tout petit devant cette porte

Loree said...

I like that the king had his own vegetable garden. Interesting door.

Malyss said...

J'ai enfin un peu de temps pour te souhaiter un bon retour! un peu tard, mais le coeur y est! J'espère (non, je sais!) que tu as fait un beau voyage; J'ai dejà vu quelques photos sur ton autre blog, et je suis morte d'envie! hier, j'ai cru que sur la première photo, c'etait Steven Spielberg!...J'ai hâte de voir la suite de Seattle, ville mythique de mon pantheon depuis "vous avez un mess@ge"..
Bon courage pour la reprise!

VP said...

What a provident king: a School of Horticulture next to his vegetable garden!

brattcat said...

An inspiring entryway!

Renee said...

So majestic! I'm going to go visit the garden now...

Small City Scenes said...

Quite imposing. I worked for years in a greenhouse and it never had a doorway like that. I learned a lot though.

No wonder Kim and Chuck take super pics (aside from their talent) look at the lens on their cameras. LOL Mb

Halcyon said...

Another nice doorway! And it sounds like it's in the perfect location. :)

Paulie said...

Very artistic doorway! It does seem funny to me that horticulture is spelled with two v's instead of u's tho.

I see I missed the post below also so will go there and leave a comment also. . .

Birdman said...

Doorways hold such interesting possibilities. Going in or Going out!

Sharon Van Lieu said...

The door frame is so huge, like a school for giants. I love this door.

Sharon

JM said...

Love faces and heads on old doorways!

Malyss said...

PS: chez nous , c'est vite la pagaille, parce que la ville est coincée entre la mer et les montagnes, et qu'il n'y a pas deux mille rues pour circuler. Si ça bouchonne sur UNE artère, ça bloque partout!

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful doorway, as always. I noticed a few people above noted the face over the door. It is probably Demeter, the greek god of agriculture, or Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture.

I'm not an expert, but I think it was common to have one of the appropriate (Greek or Roman) gods over the doorway in buildings. Nowadays, people tend to use horseshoes instead, which may indicate a lessening in public education:)

Cezar and Léia said...

Smart guy, this king! Put up a specific school to breed professionals for taking care of his garden! :)
God bless you!
Cezar

BaysideLife said...

Another great doorway with history. Love the face, whoever it is. Certainly adds a little to the doorway.

Jacob said...

Very beautiful entrance thought it could use a bit of pressure cleaning!

I can imagine the King's veggie garden is something to behold!

Re your comment on Ocala: The bunny his all his goodies inside his costume...I think. I also think that's why he was jumping around so much!

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» doesn't like to miss your Doorway series...

Is the Horticultural school where they teach the finer points of growing cannabis?

;-)

(That would be the case in California...)

Allan Alexandre said...

Versailles est remplit école de tout genre; qualité d'une ville.

Virginia said...

I hear there's a doorway going up here every Venredi! May I join you? I have a group of wonderful old antique doors I photographed here last week and want to do a series!