As promised, I’m back again with my second lot of doors from Fort Kochi, an island in Kerala (a state in the South of India) which was gifted to the Portuguese by the King of Kochi in 1503 after the Portuguese forces helped him fight the Samoothri, the monarch of Calicut (another district in Kerala). It remained under the control of the Portuguese for 160 years, after which it was captured by the Dutch in 1683. The British overthrew the Dutch in 1795 after 112 years. As a result of it passing so many hands, the influence of Portuguese, Dutch and British architecture on the buildings and homes in this area is unmistakable.
The picture below is the Church of St Francis, where the Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama was buried. He is revered as he is the first person to find out a sea route from Europe to the South of India. This route was used to trade in spices, cotton, coffee and tea.
Below is one of the many homes on Wellingdon Island which lie deserted. They once belonged to the British but are now the property of the Government. The houses were in use when the port functioned from Fort Kochi- for official purposes or as residential quarters for the Navy officers. But in 2011, when the port moved from Fort Kochi, these houses were abandoned.
The below is another door I found very interesting.
And last for this week, after dead and deserted doors, is this chic, white door that serves no purpose other than ornamentation.
That’s all the doors from my side this week. I’m linking this post to Dan’s ‘Thursday Doors’ post for the week where you can see beautiful doors from all over the world.
Last, but not least I leave you with this door quote-
Bye, until next week.
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