Part 2 of our series on Janus and an excuse for highlighting some of the fabulous doors in Abruzzo!
Have you now firmly closed the door on 2022 which to the cult of Janus was a symbol of peaceful times, or are you keeping it open, which is a symbol of war?
Rome’s Forum was originally the courtyard of the second King of Rome and the Janus temple held the gate that led into the rest of the city. The doors were bronze and decorated with garlands that have long since been melted into bullets and other less interesting things.
The legends of Janus have been used for many purposes throughout history. Perhaps one of the most interesting was in the 16th century when Roman priests described the Vatican as the throne of Janus – known as the god of beginnings throughout Italy .
Abruzzo Doors by Pete Austin
Doors by Janet Brady, Marta Udalowa and Sam Dunham