Wrought with history and tradition, stained glass windows are typically associated with houses of worship. However, stained glass designs have been reinterpreted by modern day craftspeople and can be found the world-over in libraries, museums, concert halls, and even hotels. From the Trinity United Church in Chicago to Notre Dame in Paris, we've rounded up some of the world's most breathtaking stained glass windows.
The was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and completed in 1960. The stained glass was painted by in 1990 and are made of 16 pieces of fiberglass.
The past meets present on vibrant glass stained windows at the in Chicago, Illinois. When the sun shines through the windows, the images show the significant social issues Chicago has historically battled and continues to overcome.
is one of the oldest churches in western Germany and was built by Charlemagne in 805 A.D. Although the original windows were damaged by a fire, the present glass stained windows are from the .
A large central skylight full of women's faces and rainbow-colored geometric shapes hangs in the center of . The music hall was made to look just like a glass box.
color scheme shines through at the in England. A total of 195 panels were used to complete the window, which serves as an introduction upon entering the cathedral., a stunning
Experience a remarkable perspective of the world at , where guests can visit the three-story glass-stained globe library. The display was created by architect and acts as a symbol of global outreach.
The vivid floor-to-ceiling stained glass art in the , Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, represents
The , also known as Notre Dame Cathedral, was one ofbuilt during the Gothic period and took around 300 years to complete. The gorgeous stained glass windows depict the influence of naturalism within the cathedral.
color was the . , in an effort to draw the eye upwards to inspire meditation.
Exactly 1,113 glass-stained windows surround the in Paris, France, which served as the residence for the kings of France up until the 14th century. The stained glass was built in seven years and is arranged across 15 windows.
A dark, yet colorful glass-stained window at in Prague, Czech Republic, portrays St. Wenceslas and his grandmother St. Lyudmila surrounded by other saints while they spread the message of Christianity. The window was completed in 1929 and designed by Alphonse Mucha.
The Franciscan Church, located in Poland, presents guests with stunning stained glass windows full of violets, roses, geraniums and geometric shapes. The idea was inspired by St. Francis's love of nature and was completed by artist in 1850.
The bell tower and 14-foot "Ring of Thanks" might draw visitors to the in Dallas, Texas, but the Glory Window steals the show. Designed by Frenchman
The Nasir-al-Mulk mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque in Shiraz, Iran, was . The art took and was designed by Muhammad Hasan-e-Memar and Muhammad Reza Kashi Paz-e-Shiraz.
When first walking into the , guests might notice the grand staircase or the caged elevators, but if they look up for a moment they'll discover some spectacular craftsmanship.created the tiffany glass stained ceiling for visitors to admire.