"Gargoyles & Graffiti"chronicles architectural elements that I find interesting or unique in my travels. Gargoyles are my passion, but today graffiti (which I hate but am learning to love as it is everywhere) is as much a part of architecture as the gargoyles and decorative railings that thrill me.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Welcome: Door Knockers Around the World

Door knocker in Koblenz, Germany
Nothing says welcome like a cool door knocker. The one above was photographed in Germany, along the Rhine. It was in the town where the Rhine River meets the Moselle ... Koblenz. More information on this quaint town can be found here

My niece and I had an interesting conversation with a group in a local pub. We were having coffee. They were enjoying some beers. They spoke some English. I commented to them how much I liked their country, assuming they were locals. One of the women responded "You love Belgium?" I had to laugh. They were tourists too.

Door knocker at Vejer de la Frontera, Spain

In Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, the door knockers resemble little hands. I asked our tour guide why they looked like this, and she responded that the open fist signifies "welcome."

Door knockers by port area at Barcelona, Spain

In Barcelona, the door knockers are larger and sometimes there are two of them on a double set of doors. Double welcome!


  1. The knocker from Koblenz is fabulous.

  2. Heather, I loved it so much I decided to make it my background on my template.