Upon reading Sandi's and Gattina's choices of Photo Hunt themes for this week, I immediately knew what would make ideal subjects for them. Unfortunately, all my photos of Zanzibar doors were taken at a time when I was still using a film camera and I've yet to convert any of those photos to digital format!
Funnily, the closest thing to a beautifully carved and ornamented Zanzibar door that I could find in my digital photo archive is one at the China House cafe, restaraunt and art gallery located in my home state of Penang! Housed in an old heritage building in George Town, Penang's UNESCO world heritage-listed capital city, it's actually a fairly new commercial establishment but already pretty well known and popular among locals and visitors alike.
As for the other way plainer doors pictured above: the reddish one is from a side shrine at Kamakura's Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine complex. The historic Japanese city's main Shinto shrine, it was founded in 1063 and moved to its present site in 1180. Put another way: it's been in existence for a long time!
In contrast, I sincerely doubt that the weathered pair of doors -- or is it more of a gate? In any case, what caught my attention was the quote inscribed on it that "When God closes one door, He opens another"! -- that I saw while hiking on Cheung Chau one afternoon have been standing there for a long time... and also reckon that they weren't going to be there for much longer after I took the photo! ;b