Entrancing Entrances for Jake

This week, Jake has requested entrances. Here are some of my favourite ones from our trip to Spain and Morocco. I thought I’d start off with a few palaces.

This is an entrance to the Alhambra Palace in Granada. It was originally constructed as a fortress in 889, and was converted into a palace in 1333.


The Royal Palace in Fez, is one of the most elegant buildings in Morocco. Unfortunately for us, it was not open to the public, so we didn’t get to pass through these beautiful golden gates.


Here is the entrance to the ‘Palacio Real de Madrid, the largest palace in Europe and the official residence of the Spanish Royal family. It has 2,000 luxuriously decorated rooms, so plenty of space for visitors. πŸ™‚


The AlcΓ‘zar of Seville, is also a royal palace, and was once a Moorish fortress. Today, the Spanish Royal family use only the top floors of the palace.


Here is the entrance to theΒ Park GΓΌell in which the Gaudi House Museum stands. Gaudi lived here for twenty years, until his death in 1926. In 1963, it was turned into a museum, which houses many of his sculptures, paintings and drawings, as well as furniture designed by him.


His greatest and most ambitious work, La Sagrada Familia is still under construction over a century later. It was started in 1882, and when objections were raised as to the extended completion date of the Basilica, Gaudi replied, “Don’t worry, my client isn’t in a hurry.” πŸ™‚

Last but by no means least, is the entrance to Rick’s Cafe, a popular landmark in Casablanca. It is housed in a 1930’s mansion, which has been totally refurbished to recreate the bar made famous in the Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman movie classic, ‘Casablanca’.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my entrances for Jake’s theme. To see his wonderful graphics and links to more interpretations of the theme, just click here.

85 comments on “Entrancing Entrances for Jake

  1. Lovely photo’s, AD. And I can’t imagine actually living in either of the Spanish palaces, lol! What wild, weird imaginations some of the architects had…

    • Now there’s a thought, Marsha. Do people send postcards any more? I’ve given up, as they arrive weeks after we’ve arrived home from holiday, if at all. πŸ™‚

  2. Great post. You’ve traveled to many wonderful places. Good gosh I didn’t realize the β€˜Palacio Real de Madrid’ had so many rooms.
    I still look forward to visiting Barcelona and seeing Gaudi’s buildings. What an incredible man!

  3. Well, you’ve certainly made a grand entrance to this week’s photo challenge!

    As far as I recall, La Sagrada Familia will be another 20-30 years before it is completed. I wonder what Gaudi would have thought about how it will finally turn out?

  4. What great entrances, Sylvia, and some I hope to see this summer in Spain. The Park GΓΌell of the Gaudi House Museum is so extravagant, and I love the Alhambra Palace and Rick’s Cafe photos. πŸ™‚

  5. Superb gallery .. have shared the Barcelona and Seville entrances. That castle in Seville was so stunning … no wonder the royal family want their part of it.

  6. Beautiful pictures, Sylvia! It worries me slightly that it would take over a century to finish a building (hope it doesn’t take me that long to finish mine) πŸ˜‰

  7. Grand entrances are your thing!
    Didn’t you try being the piano player in Rick’s? Then someone could call you Sam and ask you to play it again, and you could tell them they were misquoting the line. πŸ™‚

  8. I wanted to say “awesome”,but majestic and beautiful came to mind first πŸ™‚

  9. A little bit Moorish AD πŸ˜‰ lovely selection you shared .
    I wish they would hurry up and finish La Sagrada Familia , I’ve only got one with masses of scaffolding ….
    Would love to visit Seville .

  10. I have always loved Al Hambra! Thank you for that, and the other pictures are great too. Well done! Happy to share this on my Twitter and Facebook page! πŸ™‚

  11. Archways and doorways have always symbolized a new adventure to me. And you have had many adventures….lovely photos. Thank you for making my day.

  12. That Gaudi person was a real visionary!! Such lovely, flowing places he created! Just beautiful AD πŸ˜‰
    As for the entrance to Rick’s Cafe – you know my feelings in that regard πŸ˜‰

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