Where to find Paris’ most beautiful doors?

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Who would have known that one day I’d be writing on Paris’ most beautiful doors! After all, when you end up living in Paris, you get so busy discovering the most famous monuments and museums  (and stores!) of the city that it would seem quite a lost of time to look at little details such as doors. But doors are the reflection of what lies beyond, the Parisians’ homes. After all, they are part of the city’s history. After years walking through the 20 arrondissements of Paris, I have compiled a few of my best photos of Paris doors. I’ve shared their exact location so you can also see them for yourselves! 


Paris’ most beautiful doors

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Door at 10 Avenue Montaigne, Paris © French Moments

They are literally thousands of doors lining the streets of Paris. Some are very simple doors, others are extravagant works of art. The styles of these doors tell about the history of Paris. As you walk across the 20 arrondissements of Paris, you will discover Gothic, Renaissance, Haussmann and Art Nouveau door styles. It is up to you to take the time to look for little details of these Paris’ most beautiful doors: mascarons, statues, bas-reliefs, gold-leaves, handles…

(By the way, I’ve written another article about Paris’ door knockers and handles that might interest you too.)

For those of you who are learning French, here is a bit of useful vocabulary:

building bâtiment (m)
carriage gate porte cochère (f)
door porte (f)
door bell sonnette (f)
handle poignée (f)
house maison (m)
key clé, clef (f)
knock knock toc toc
knocker heurtoir (m)
lock serrure (f)
Paris’ most beautiful doors Les plus belles portes de Paris (f,p)
portal portail (m)

 

A few sample of Paris’ most beautiful doors

On your walk through Paris, check out monumental doors of churches and official buildings to small and elegant doors of simple houses.

Many of these Paris’ most beautiful doors are located in the central arrondissements. Several doors found 7th, 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissement have a definite aesthetic purpose. The beautiful Parisian doors give to the passersby an idea of the opulence that could be found beyond them.

Here is a selections of Paris’ most beautiful doors listed by arrondissements (arrt.):

Louvre Palace, 1st arrt.

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One of the great doors of the Louvre © French Moments

One of the many heavy and tall doors of the Louvre.


American Dream restaurant, 21 Rue Daunou, 2nd arrt.

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Door at 21 Rue Daunou, Paris © French Moments

The best American-style door you can find in Paris!


Hôtel de Chatillon, 13 rue vieille du Temple, 3rd arrt.

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Door at 13 rue Payenne, Paris © French Moments

Madame de Maintenon, future wife of Louis XIV, once lived in this mansion built at the end of the 16th century.


50, rue de Turenne, 3rd arrt.

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The emerald painted door of a former mansion.


60, rue de Turenne, 3rd arrt.

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Door at 60 rue de Turenne, Paris © French Moments

The deep blue painted door of a former mansion.


110, rue de Turenne, 3rd arrt.

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Door at 110 rue de Turenne Paris © French Moments

The red painted door of a former mansion.


3, rue Volta, 3rd arrt.

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Door at 3 rue Volta, Paris © French Moments

The old door to one of Paris’ oldest houses. Not sure the door dates so far back though! 🙂


4, rue Rambuteau, 3rd arrt.

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Door at 4 rue Rambuteau, Paris © French Moments

An elegant door with a finely ornate frame.


8bis rue de Braque, 3rd arrt.

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Door at 8 rue de Braque, Paris © French Moments

This blue door was the entrance to the former house of the Trudaine family (18th century).


 Notre-Dame cathedral, 4th arrt.

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The doors of Notre-Dame cathedral, Paris © French Moments

The tall doors of Notre-Dame cathedral are masterpieces that are often ignored by the thousands of visitors that enter the sanctuary each day. Take a look at their wrought-iron strap hinges and arabesques which were restored in the 19th century.


Hôtel Roualle de Boisgelin, 29 Quai de Bourbon, 4th arrt.

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Door at 29 Quai de Bourbon, Paris © French Moments

Located on the Île Saint-Louis, the massive door and the mansion date back to 1750.


5 rue des Guillemites, 4th arrt.

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Door at 5 Rue des Guillemites, Paris © French Moments

A massive carriage gate in the old district of Marais.


Place des Vosges, 4th arrt.

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There are several beautiful and old carriage gates under the arcades of Place des Vosges.


Saint-Sèverin Church, 5th arrt.

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Door of Saint-Sèverin church, Paris © French Moments

The main door of the church.


Hotel de Cluny, 5th arrt.

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The entrance doors of Hôtel de Cluny, Paris © French Moments

The two red painted door of the mansion are of medieval style.


167 rue Saint-Jacques, 5th arrt.

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Door at 167 rue Saint-Jacques, Paris © French Moments

An carriage gate in Paris’ oldest street.


Hôtel Guistel, 58, rue de Vaugirard, 6th arrt.

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Door at 58 rue de Vaugirard, Paris © French Moments

A monumental wooden door with six circles. Known as Hôtel Guistel, it housed Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald between April and Octobre 1928. It is found opposite the Luxembourg Gardens.


148 rue de Grenelle, 7th arrt.

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Door at 148 rue de Grenelle, Paris © French Moments

The house has a remarkable entrance door designed in dark wood. It is ornate with two small palm branches. The handles are fixed onto a green marble support.


2 and 4 rue de Poitiers, 7th arrt.

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Doors at 2 and 4 rue de Poitiers, Paris © French Moments

Massive Haussmann-style doors.


Lavirotte Building, 29 Avenue Rapp, 7th arrt.

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Door at 20 avenue Rapp, Paris © French Moments

This Art Nouveau door dates from 1901. It was created by architect Jules Lavirotte in an exotic and intricate design. The centrepiece of the building is its extravagant doorway. The wooden door itself was depicted as a gigantic reversed phallus, and is frame with statues of Adam and Eve. Of all Paris’ most beautiful doors, this is probably the most eccentric one!


3 Square Rapp, 7th arrt.

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Door at 3 Square Rapp, Paris © French Moments

Paris' most beautiful doors © French Moments

Door at 3 Square Rapp, Paris © French Moments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another beautiful Art Nouveau door designed by architect Jules Lavirotte who lived there with his family. The entrance is decorated with fine stone carving and cast iron features.


151 rue de Grenelle, 7 arrt.

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Door at 151 rue de Grenelle, Paris © French Moments

This Art Nouveau house was Jules Lavirotte’s first building in Paris (1899). Take a closer look at the door handles: the lizards. The left one is eating a corn cob. The right one is just in a still position.


St. Augustin Church, 8th arrt.

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Door at Saint-Augustin Church, Paris © French Moments

The main entrance door of St. Augustin Church.


97, Boulevard Malesherbes, 8th arrt.

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Door at 97 Boulevard Malesherbes Paris © French Moments

Very tall Haussmann-style door.


109, Boulevard Malesherbes, 8th arrt.

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Door at 109 Boulevard Malesherbes, Paris © French Moments

Iron and glass door.


Élysée Palace, 8th arrt.

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Glass door of the Élysée Palace, Paris © French Moments

You’d expect a great and refined door at the Élysée Palace, the official residence of the French President. You might be disappointed to learn that the door is simply made of glass!


Petit-Palais, 8th arrt.

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The gilded door of Petit-Palais, Paris © French Moments

The gilded doors of the Petit-Palais could well be installed in the palace of a king.


28-29, rue Ballu, 9th arrt.

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Door at 28 and 29 rue Ballu, Paris © French Moments

Massive wooden door in a néo-louis XIII-style mansion.


3, rue Condorcet, 9th arrt.

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Door at 3 rue Condorcet Paris © French Moments

Beautiful door decorated with two glass circles.


14, rue d’Abbeville, 10th arrt.

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Door at 14 rue d’Abbeville © French Moments

An extravagant Art Nouveau door.


11 rue Chernoviz, 16th arrt.

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Door at 11 rue Chervoniz, Paris © French Moments

A stunning Art Nouveau door in glass and iron.


Castel Béranger, 14 rue de la Fontaine, 16th arrt.

Castel Béranger

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This Art Nouveau entrance to the Castel Béranger building was created by Hector Guimard, famous for the decorative features in the Paris métro. 


Hôtel Guimard, 122 avenue Mozart, 16th arrt.

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Door at 122 avenue Mozart, Paris © French Moments

This is the extravagant door of the Art Nouveau house built by architect Hector Guimard as his home base in Paris (1909-1912).


Church of Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, 18th arrt.

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Central door of Saint-Pierre de Montmartre Church © French Moments

The central door of the church tells about the story of St. Peter. Like a stained-glass window, you should read it from left to right and from top to bottom. It was placed there in 1980.


1 Place du Calvaire, 18th arrt.

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Door at 1 place du Calvaire, Paris © French Moments

The Art Nouveau door of painter Maurice Neumont’s house. The curious building was designed by architect Louis Brachet and built on top of the Montmartre hill.


10 Villa Léandre, 18th arrt.

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Door at 10 Villa Léandre, Paris © French Moments

Does number 10 ring a bell to you? Of all the Paris’ most beautiful doors, this is arguably  the most British-looking one!


La Bellevilloise, 19-21 rue Boyer, 20th arrt.

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Door at 19-21 rue Boyer, Paris © French Moments

The Art Déco entrance door to the exhibition and concert hall of La Bellevilloise, a historic building in the district of Belleville.


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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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