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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 years strolling through the city of Paris, I have compiled a few of my best photos of knockers and handles. I’ve shared their exact location so you can also see them for yourselves!

 

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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 go in search of the most beautiful examples of these Paris door knockers and handles. On your next visit to Paris, take a closer look at the doors you walk past and you will eventually discover some beautifully ornate door knockers and handles. Like me you’ll be amused and entertained when you see how much attention to detail has been given to these door features.

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 for each of these door handles at the bottom of the 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
Door handle Paris
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
Door handle Paris
Door handle, 10 rue Copernic © French Moments
Door handle Paris
Door handle, 5 rue le Regrattier Ile Saint-Louis © French Moments
Paris door handles and knockers
Handle on a modern door 3 avenue de Ségur Paris © 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
Paris door knockers and handles
Door handle of Hôtel de Sully, 48 rue Saint-Antoine © 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
Door handle Paris
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
Door handle Paris
Door handles, 22 Place André Breton © French Moments
Door handle Paris
Door handle, 22 rue d’Eylau © French Moments
Paris door knockers and handles
Door handle at 28 rue Juliette Lamber © French Moments
I’ve found some depicting fish, lezards or even dogs!
Door handle, Avenue de Friedland © French Moments
Door handle Paris
Door handle, Rue de Herse © French Moments
Paris door handles and knockers
Art Nouveau Door handle, 151 rue de Grenelle Paris © French Moments
I love these ones 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
Paris door handles and knockers
Door handle, 53 rue Clerc Paris © French Moments
Mere decoration without any definite shape

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
Paris door handles and knockers
Door handle, 148 rue de Grenelle Paris © French Moments
Paris door handles and knockers
Door handle, 18 rue du Cherche Midi Paris © French Moments

You might be interested in reading my article on the most beautiful doors of Paris.

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


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About the 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. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, 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. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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  1. Pierre, I also love looking for distinctive doors while I travel. This article has given me more to look for in Paris! Merci!

  2. Thank you Pierre, great photos. My sister and I also have a fascination for knockers and doors and have taken many photos as we travelled around France. Jill Aust

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