These Stained Glass Windows Are So Beautiful You Don’t See Them… You FEEL Them.
I don't remember much from my childhood years, but one of my most vivid memories is sitting in the balcony of my church, half-listening to the pastor's message, and admiring the stained-glass panels. I wasn't the most cosmopolitan kid. I thought to myself that the church was lucky to have such beautiful windows that invited only soft, morning light. In my head, that sort of magic simply didn't exist anywhere else. Despite learning more about stained-glass windows and ceilings through travel and history, I continue to look upon this art with a deep sense of wonder.
Below you will find 22 magnificent displays of stained glass that will inspire you to look up and within.
#1. Erawan Museum, Samut Prakan, Thailand
Just outside of Bangkok, you can explore this museum-temple where you will find not only a three-headed elephant but a rare instance of stained glass in Thailand. In close vicinity, you will also find a series of lush gardens with cobblestone and waterfalls.
#2. Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City
This Tiffany stained-glass ceiling together with a Louis XV-style chandelier and gilded open elevators helped create the elegant ambience for which the hotel is known. Originally constructed in 1899 as the Mercantile Center, this structure has gone through tremendous transformations which include a $25 million restoration plan lasting from 2003-2005.
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#3. King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England
Though construction of the chapel began in 1446, the stained glass windows were not completed until 85 years later. Henry VI, founder of the college and chapel, is depicted in work.
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#4. Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France
To fulfill his vision of a "luxury bazaar," businessman Théophile Bader summoned a host of artists to wrap his store in sheer abundance. For the glass windows, he called on master glass artist Jacques Gruber. Today, many of Gruber's stained-glass windows are available for viewing as part of the Ecole de Nancy Museum.
#5. Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona, Spain
The only UNESCO World Heritage Site of its kind, Palau de la Música Catalana was designed by Domènech i Montaner as a sort of "magical music box."
#6. La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
With over 2 million visitors per year, this iconic basilica is the most popular site in Barcelona. Though its architect Antoni Gaudí of Catalonia died in 1926, the church is still under construction and is due for completion in 2030.
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