This wonderful old door was discovered in Teguise, on the Eastern side of bright and sunny Lanzarote. Teguise (or La Villa to it's residents) is the oldest Spanish settlement in the whole of the Canaries, dating as far back as 1402. As such the location is steeped in history (some of which is very dark and bloody), featuring some very impressive and well-maintained architecture from back in the day.
This particular door serves as an entrance to the Palacio de Marques - the oldest building on the island - dating back to 1455. For 270 years this building served as the HQ of the island's government. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Palacio de Marques would serve as the meeting ground for the town's inhabitants at the first signs of invasion, from where they could then access an escape tunnel and flee to the safety of the Castillo Santa Barbara, Tequise's defensive beacon and oldest castle on the island.
The aged and warped wood of the door and it's frame contrast beautifully with the surrounding pale architecture, while the lamps provide beautiful atmospheric lighting to the scene at night. This doorway is a wonderful piece of history, perfectly preserved and maintained. It really is a treat to behold.
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