The Best Stained-Glass Windows From Around The World

Stained glass has truly enhanced buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. To this day, stained glass captivates architects and artists. They are typically used as windows and ceilings in religious buildings such as cathedrals and mosques. However, as you will see, stained glass became popular in homes and hotels at the beginning of the 19th century. Here are the best stained-glass windows from around the world:

Augsburg Cathedral, late 11th Century

This work is one of the oldest examples of stained-glass in the world. Located in the heart of Bavaria, Augsburg (Germany), portraits of Moses, Daniel, and other biblical figures are gazing down from the south clerestory.

Christ of Wissembourg, late 11th Century

To accurately tell you about the evolution of stained glass, we must include this portrait of Christ which is now located in Strasbourg, France. Back in the Middle Ages, stained glass was used as the “poor man’s Bible” as it allowed viewers who didn’t know Latin to learn the story of the Gospels.

Sainte-Chapelle, mid-13th Century

Many of us see stained-glass windows as purely decorative.  However, back in the Middle Ages, stained glass served as gospel narratives and also told the stories of local history and political authority. The 15 tall windows of Sainte-Chapelle illustrate events of the Old and New Testaments and even show of holy relics being brought to Paris by Saint Louis.

York Minster, 15th Century

York Minister is regarded as the greatest of all European cathedrals. In it is this Gothic masterpiece that is the largest stained glass portrait anywhere before the modern era. The design features an intense depiction of the coming apocalypse.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained-glass window, 1912

Frank Lloyd Wright was America’s first great architect and he truly believed in total unity when designing a home. He wasn’t just referring to the structure of the building or its furnishings, but also the windows. Wright’s strived to create seamless architecture through abstract glass compositions.

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