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The World’s Most Famous Stained Glass Windows

The World’s Most Famous Stained Glass Windows

Stained glass windows can be seen in so many different places around the globe. Throughout the centuries, these stained glasses have been adding exquisite beauty to spaces anywhere in the world, most commonly found in churches and other religious structures. However, some pieces elevate this art form to a whole new level. Here are some of the most famous works of stained glass globally.

Chartres Cathedral (France)

Considered by many to be the most beautiful in the world, the stained-glass windows of Chartres Cathedral are a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the best-preserved examples of French Gothic architecture. Many of these windows are dated back to the first half of the 13th century. It is also believed that 152 out of the building’s original 176 windows have survived.

 Blue Mosque (Turkey)

One of the last mosques built during the ancient period, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, incorporates both Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements. And because of the blue paint used in subsequent restoration, the mosque later became known as the Blue Mosque. With more than 200 stained-glass windows, the mosque's interior is bathed in color and light.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian (Brazil)

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, also known as the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral, serves as the seat of the archdiocese of Rio. The building was completed in 1974 with four rectilinear and 210-foot-tall stained glass windows that stretch from floor to ceiling.

The Baptistry at Coventry Cathedral (UK)

A modernist masterpiece, the Coventry Cathedral was built in 1962 to replace St. Michael's Cathedral that was ruined during World War II. It has a 195-panel baptistery window that was designed by John Piper. Before the bombing, several panels were removed and are on display in the new cathedral.

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Netherlands)

The outside of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is incorporated with stained glass panels that display an iconic moment from Dutch television. The images are skewed so that they can only be discernible at certain angles. The overall effect is a dream-like exploration of visual history.