Knock knock who’s there? Today I’d like to show you some beautiful and extravagant Paris door knockers and handles. After a couple of years strolling across the city of Paris, I have compiled a few of my best photos of knockers and handles. With their exact location so you can also see them for yourselves!
Paris door knockers and handles
Before the invention of door bells, many mansions and houses in Paris used large iron, bronze and brass door knockers. It’s so much fun to walk in search of the most beautiful items. On your next visit to Paris, take a closer look at the doors and you will eventually discover some beautifully ornate door knockers and handles. Like me you’ll be amused and entertained by these door features. You’ll find out that much attention is given to details. Paris door knockers and handles are indeed often ornate and take the shape of fantastic creatures.
For those of you who are learning French, here is a bit of useful vocabulary:
|door bell||sonnette (f)|
|key||clé, clef (f)|
|knock knock||toc toc|
Examples of ornate Paris door knockers and handles
You’ll find the address to these door handles at the bottom of each photo.
Classic door knocker with a somewhat country-ish design:
Paris door knockers and handles can feature beautiful sirens or women:
Some were crafted with an intricate snake design:
Many feature lions and strong animals:
They sometimes take the shape of a man, a Greek god or cherubs:
I’ve found some depicting fish or even dogs!
I love this one that represent a hand (a hand for a handle!!). There is apparently a very similar one in Orléans:
Finally others are just mere decoration without any definite shape:
Have you found some beautiful Paris door knockers and handles too? Please leave us a comment with their address! 🙂