Top 5 Famous Doors

Surprisingly, various doors spring to mind when someone asks the question of “How many famous doors do you know?” This can be attributed to being surrounded and often influenced by popular stories within the literature, media, history and even film.

In this article we explore the 5 most noteworthy and iconic doors throughout history.

Number 10 Downing Street


Number 10 Downing Street is one of the most iconic doors in the world. It attracts millions of visitors every year and just as many photos. To date, a combined total of one woman and 52 men have passed through the grand doors of Number 10 Downing Street as British Prime Minister – All setting eyes on numerous activities ranging from violent riots, passionate protests and a fair few celebrities.

Some interesting facts about the door are that it is constantly guarded by police and can only be opened from within the inside; the original door was removed in the Second World War.

William Shakespeare’s First Home


There are very few known facts of Shakespeare’s life, a fact that is unfortunately quite common with other playwrights of his time. However, we do know the first home of William Shakespeare was brought by his father John off of the money he earned from being a glove maker. The 16th century poet’s house is set in an idyllic location in Stratford-upon-avon.

Did you know that various prominent writers including Charles Dickens and John Keats, have visited and left their mark on the house.

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral)





Probably one of the most well renowned churches in the world is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, simply translated as the cathedral of Florence. The actual construction begun in 1296 and the prominent Gothic style can be attributed to the design of Arnolfo di Cambio.

The entrance to the church has three vast bronze doors which date from 1899 to 1903. On closer inspection they are adorned with scenes from the life of the Madonna.

The Florence Baptistery (The Gates of Paradise)



The Florence Baptistery or Battistero di San Giovanni is a religious building in Florence, Italy. It took Lorenzo Ghiberti and 2 colleagues worked 27 years to produce the design of the door which included ten panels depicting scenes from the Old Testament.

This dedication and also due to Ghiberti implementing the first known use of ‘principles of perspective’ led to Michelangelo to refer to these doors as fit to be the “Gates of Paradise”

The Pearly Gates


Famous doors can come in both the physical and spiritual sense and there is none more so than the pearly gates to heaven. The ‘pearly gates’ is the name given to the entrance to the gateway to the Heaven and is widely believed by Christians throughout the world. The image is often depicted in paintings with vast iron gates set in the clouds, and is guarded by Saint Peter who is considered the keeper to the “keys of the kingdom”

The article is written in association with Door Stop international, composite door manufacturers who deliver across the UK.

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