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    2000 year old basilica doors - GIF

    2000 year old bronze doors of the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran.




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    I have a friend who has to duck when passing through a normal height door I'd hate to meet the being who had to duck to go through those doors. Note the height of the actual door handles are above the man's head probably positioned their so their small children could reach the handles

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    These doors were not, could not have been, made for this basilica, though the doors may have been built 2000 years ago. 2000 years ago was 24 AD, which was prior to Christ's crucifixion. There is no claim for any church having been built prior to the 3rd century.

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    They could use some oil on the hinges, regardless of age.

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    How do you get to that top latch?

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    It looks like it's operated by a chain pulley off the right end of the cross stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilbourjaily View Post
    These doors were not, could not have been, made for this basilica, though the doors may have been built 2000 years ago. 2000 years ago was 24 AD, which was prior to Christ's crucifixion. There is no claim for any church having been built prior to the 3rd century.
    You are correct those doors were not part of the original structure which had the groundwork commissioned sometime around 325 Ad The doors can be traced back to the emperor Domitian before that the Curia Julia (senate House) completed in 29 BCe but could have been cast near the beginning of its construction some 30 years prior they were not installed in the Basilica until around 1660



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