Paris door knockers and handles

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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 porte (f)
door bell sonnette (f)
handle poignée (f)
key clé, clef (f)
knock knock toc toc
knocker heurtoir (m)
lock serrure (f)
portal portail (m)

 

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:
Door handle Paris

Door handle, Rue du Four © French Moments

Door handle Paris

Door handle, Rue Charlot Paris © French Moments

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Door handle in the Marais, Paris © French Moments

Door handle, Hotel Jay Cognacq © French Moments

Door handle Paris

Door handle, 13 rue Scipion © French Moments

Paris door knockers and handles can feature beautiful sirens or women:
Door handle Paris

Door handle, 2 Cité Malesherbes, Paris © French Moments

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Door handle, 10 rue Copernic © French Moments

Door handle Paris

Door handle, 5 rue le Regrattier Ile Saint-Louis © French Moments

Some were crafted with an intricate snake design:
Door handle Paris

Door handle, 19 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau © French Moments

Door handle, 102 Rue du Bac © French Moments

Many feature lions and strong animals:
Door handle Paris

Door handle, 20 Rue le Regrattier Ile Saint-Louis © French Moments

Door handle Paris

Door handle, 8 rue Braque © French Moments

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Door handle, 4 Rue des Francs Bourgeois © French Moments

Door handle Paris

Door handle, 4 Place des Vosges, Paris © French Moments

Door handle, 79 rue du Bac © French Moments

Door handle, 65 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine © French Moments

They sometimes take the shape of a man, a Greek god or cherubs:

Door handle, 71 rue du Temple Hotel de Saint-Aignan © French Moments

Door handle Paris

Door handle of the Paris Wine Museum, Square Charles Dickens © French Moments

Door handle Paris

Door handle, 20 rue de Grenelle © French Moments

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Door handles, 22 Place André Breton © French Moments

Door handle Paris

Door handle, 22 rue d’Eylau © French Moments

I’ve found some depicting fish or even dogs!

Door handle, Avenue de Friedland © French Moments

Door handle Paris

Door handle, Rue de Herse © French Moments

I love this one that represent a hand (a hand for a handle!!). There is apparently a very similar one in Orléans:
Door handle Paris

Door handle, 28 rue de Tournefort © French Moments

Finally others are just mere decoration without any definite shape:
Door handle Paris

Door handle, 25 Avenue des Champs-Élysées © French Moments

Door handle Paris

Door handle, 44 rue du Bac © French Moments

Have you found some beautiful Paris door knockers and handles too? Please leave us a comment with their address! 🙂

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About Author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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