There’s something fascinating about doorways. Whether it’s the idea of the unknown, the promise of a warm welcome, or simply the frame for a perfect view, something makes us feel compelled to photograph them again and again. From the mesmerizing arches of the Mezquita in Córdoba to ornately carved frames in Tibet, here are 20 of our favourite shots from the Rough Guides archive.

1.Dar el Makhzen, Fez el JedidMorocco

2. Colourful temple doorway at Jogyesa Temple, Seoul, South Korea

3. A blue doorway on a cobbled street in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

4. A painted doorway in Tallinn, Estonia

5. A highly decorated chapel in Gyantse, Tibet

6. An Art Nouveau doorway in Brussels, Belgium

7. A girl entering house in Stone Town, Zanzibar

8. Entrance to Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok, Thailand

9. An elegant doorway in partly ruined house, Venice, Italy

10. A carved wooden doorway in Mombasa, Kenya

11. A door in the old town of Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany

12. Frescoes on the facade of St Michael’s church in Riva Valdobbia, Italy

 13. A watchful cat in Brittany, France

14. Mosque entrance in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

15. An ornate doorway in the Alcobaca Monastery, Portugal

16. A church doorway in Istanbul, Turkey

17. A traditional Swahili door in Pangani, Tanzania

18. The Gate of Forgiveness in the Mezquita, Córdoba, Spain

19. Kilpeck Church doorway in Herefordshire, England

20. A thatched mud hut in Gujarat, India

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