The Knocker


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The door of the Cologne Cathedral has some interesting symbolic symbols. The ornate brass knocker is a lion’s head, The lion symbol of strength goes deep in the Jewish tradition as the “Lion of Judah,” and is carried on in the Christian faith in the book of Revelation.  The door handle was very unique as well with the bird’s body and a man’s head. I am guessing it might be the head of St. Francis, who was said to be a friend to the animals and birds. Even the old Key hole and lock is symbolic. The early Apostles were told they would receive the keys to the Kingdom of God.  Perhaps that is what is represented here.
Brass Lion opens
door of a place of refuge
Summer brings tourists

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

28 thoughts on “The Knocker

  1. The beautiful brass lion head with flaming manes and holding a ring between its teeth has since been “recreated” on many a doors, including one on my door. But I did not know the symbolism behind this till now. I looked up the significance of a ring on the door, which is present on many church doors, and many other doors too. The door provides asylum to anyone who is in need of protection and clasps the ring at the doorstep. Thanks to your poem and post, I know now – This is how we learn!

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  2. Thank you for sharing this interesting background to the door knocker of Cologne cathedral. Cathedrals have so many hidden symbols which most tourists are (probably) completely unaware of. You have to visit a building many times to truly understand its significance.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this, Dwight! You taught me something I didn’t know.
    What powerful images…and even more powerful are what they stand for.
    Your haiku is wonderful!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…doors and windows always fascinate me…especially if they are very unique!

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