Stained glass has been used to enhance culturally significant buildings since the Middle Ages. For centuries, colored light has flooded churches, mosques, and cultural centers thanks to the intricate designs of stained glass. From the largest windows to the most beautiful, here are the top 5 works of stained glass art from around the world.
Glass Windows of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Netherlands)
Film and television lovers will find plenty to enjoy in and on this building. The Institute is home to broadcasting archives, offices and a museum. But what sets their stained glass apart from any other (other than the size) is that every piece has a famous image from Dutch Television etched into the glass. Â
Resurrection Cemetery (Justice, Illinois)
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the â€˜World’s Largest Stained Glass Windowâ€™ can be found right here in the United States. Building began in the 1960â€™s and was only recently completed. It took over 2,400 panels and 22,000 square feet of glass to complete the window. Â
The Chicago Cultural Center – Preston Bradley Hall
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock to the center for an array of live music, films, lectures, dance and theater events. But the center is also home to the world’s largest stained glass domed ceiling in the world.
GrossmÃ¼nster Cathedral (ZÃ¼rich, Switzerland)
This geometric take on traditional stained glass was donated by Sigmar Polke in 2009. What makes these windows truly unique is that they have slices of agate (a translucent quartz that enriches color) embedded in them. Because the pieces have been â€œenhancedâ€ by artificial colors, some have argued it is not a true stained glass art piece, but the beautiful colored light that fills the Cathedral is still said to be breathtaking.
Sainte Chapelle Stained Glass (France)
With over 6,400 square feet of stained glass covering its walls, this Gothic chapel in Paris, France is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the world. The windows, which are predominantly dark blue and red, feature 1,130 prominent figures from the bible.
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