(photos courtesy MC Farine)
I asked our friend and fellow blogger MC Farine (in Paris at the same time) about these entrances and she had this fascinating story. "This door is called a porte cochère. What you have there is a detail of une porte cochère (so named because typically wide and high enough for a coche — a carriage — to be driven into the courtyard.")
(photo courtesy MC Farine)
While the doors in the following photos are not true "porte cochère", nevertheless, they are spectacular.
The doors vary widely, some new, some very old, some painted, some natural.