Portals

An open door says, “Come in.”
A shut door says, “Who are you?”
from Doors, Carl Sandburg

Layers of history

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  1. I always feel like such a failure, I never get Bert’s puzzles! And, yes, we have an “interest” Annie, not a burning obsession. (Hah.) 🙂

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  2. Ha ha, I passed (or failed) Bert’s quiz! Though as I told Bert one time, it’s a hobby not an obsession. 🙂

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  3. I plead the 5th amendment, even though I’m not an American.

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  4. Bert

    I just have to add that St Peter Martyr was the chap who coined the phrase “I’ve got a splitting headache!” There’s a great statue in Verona that illustrates this.
    Answer the following questions:
    Have you been to Venice more than 5 times?
    Do you think about Venice every day?
    Have you more than 5000 photos taken in Venice?
    Do you find that one month in Venice is never enough?
    You’ve answered ‘Yes’ to every question – you are a Venice nut!

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  5. ” [And people say we are crazy!] ” Where do you get the “we”, Bert? 😉

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  6. Bert

    It’s rather ironic that the derivation of ‘misericord’ is from misericors, misericordis which means tender-hearted. There must be a connection with miser meaning wretched, but I don’t know enough about Latin to be sure. So the misericord was used to put a wounded man “out of his misery”. I don’t think it’s what we mean by ‘mercy killing’ nowadays! The word also means a bracket on a turn-up seat in a choir-stall, allowing the user some support when standing. There are some fine ones in Ely Cathedral. You should not be surprised to find that there is a website devoted to misericords: http://www.misericords.co.uk with over 7500 images.
    [And people say we are crazy!]

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  7. Bert

    My clues were not intended to be puzzles for you, Yvonne, but for your other followers. I thought you would know where your photos were taken. The first clue is ‘puts us out of our misery’, because a narrow-bladed dagger for killing a wounded enemy was called a ‘misericord’. The second clue is to the Colleoni equestrian monument which was erected in Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo in 1496, with its back to the portal in your photo.

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    • Bert, I am sometimes as much in the dark as to the location of one of my photos as most others!! So, your pinpointing locations and giving us background information is very useful to me.

      Now, where did I leave my misercord? And isn’t that neat, the connection between a blade and mercy, as in mercy killing?

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  8. I am fascinated with doors and Venice did not disappoint me. I loved the door knockers too. Anyone who views my photos questions all the doors and the knockers they see. But they all are so unique!

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  9. Door are so fascinating. I have many pictures of doors in France and West Aftrica.

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  10. Bert are you a detective by trade….what a research job!

    Does anyone know the significance of the upside down horseshoe…in the last photo?

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    • Other Yvonne

      Hi Linda
      I came late to the party, so I have read about horseshoes recently.
      I wonder if Yvonne is testing our memories?
      Love your blogs Linda, but having trouble leaving comments,
      so just wanted to tell you.

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    • Linda, some say it’s good luck, some say bad, to have an upside down horse shoe. Every one I saw in Venice (and there where a few) was upside down. I’ve got a horseshoe charm someone gave me, and it hangs upside down, also. So, I’m going for good luck.

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  11. Bert

    I found the door in the penultimate photo. It is on a building now called Sala di San Tomasso d’Aquino, but a chap has identified it as the albergo of the Confraternity of St Peter Martyr. The inscription across the top includes the date 1444, he says. I’ll take his word for it. In 1444 you might not have seen a horse’s backside as you left the building by this door, but by 1544 you certainly would.

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    • Bert, you know I don’t do puzzles! 🙂 Yes, the first one is the seldom open Scuola della Misericordia. The rest, I haven’t kept a record of them in my less-detailed-than-J.G. Links manner.

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  12. Bert

    I recognised the interior in the first photo. I’ll tell you where it is tomorrow unless Yvonne puts us out of our misery first.
    The next to last one is intriguing – a doorway in Venice without a civic number! The saint depicted on each jamb is, I believe, St Peter of Verona (St Peter Martyr), so I looked on Murano, near the eponymous church, but I didn’t see it there. Another clue, please, Yvonne!

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