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43 Gorgeous Doors Around the World

If you've ever strolled around a city, you know that some of the most eye-popping design details are its doors. In honor of these intricate entrances, we've chosen our favorite insta-worthy shots to fuel your wanderlust.

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Paris

Part of the reason Paris is so romantic? Just look to its winding side streets with flower-draped windows and bright, colorful doors. We especially love the custom carved knockers.

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London

In England’s capital, it’s all about the Georgian architecture. These beautiful brick buildings are known for their semi-circular design above doors in striking primary colors. You may even see streets of pastel-painted houses, if that’s more your style.

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Morocco

One look at this old town and you’ll see why it’s unofficially called the blue city. In northern Morocco, Chefchaouen is famous for its cerulean-colored buildings and secret doors tucked in narrow alleys. Meanwhile, 350 miles south in Marrakech, the tones are all warm reds, oranges and pinks. Don’t miss the heavy wooden doors leading into luxe riads, which are like an oasis in the heart of the bustling medina.

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Cartagena, Colombia

‘Gram addicts will go crazy for Cartagena’s colorful facades, abundant flowers and grand plazas. The jaw-dropping coastal city in Colombia is a rainbow of neon hues (picture: yellow, turquoise, magenta and more). Spend an afternoon getting lost in the city’s winding cobblestone streets and buzzing corners.

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Italy

From the main cities of Florence, Rome and Milan to the coastal gems like Amalfi and Cinque Terre, Italy is the master of putting on a photogenic face. One of our favorite scenic spots: Burano, an island just north of Venice. It’s lined with vibrant houses, charming fishing boats and small bridges.

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India

Everything is detailed in India. Just look at the hand-painted arches and the custom woodwork. These entrances are clearly fit for a king.

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Portugal

Portugal is home to some of the most skilled craftspeople in the world. So it’s not hard to see why its buildings have a tendency for fun, patterned walls, pops of color, and impressive stonework.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

With its historic adobe houses and charming casitas, Santa Fe has plenty going for it in the name of design. But one of its most striking features are the turquoise and robin’s egg blue doors that open into the earthy courtyards.

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Spain

Spain is all about the old-world charm. Gold knockers, heavy wooden doors and ancient ivy-covered streets are the name of the game.

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New York City

NYC is a blend of old and new when it comes to style. Historic brick houses have been perfectly maintained in their original glory, while down the same street a modern warehouse could be covered in urban street art and murals.

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China

Why do we love China’s architecture so much? Because it’s not just about the buildings, it’s also about the manicured landscape. Local flora is meticulously groomed to keep the zen that surrounds the welcoming red entrances.

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Greece

It’s easy to say we saved the best for last. After all, who hasn’t dreamed of walking the whitewashed streets of the Greek Isles? We’d love to peek into the bright blue doors and see what cute boutique hotels and gardens lie beyond.

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