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Stained glass windows

Blessed Angelico in St Dominic's Priory Church, London

Blessed Angelico in St Dominic’s Priory Church, London

Stained glass windows were commonly used in churches for decorative and informative purposes. Stained glass, as an art form, reached its height in the Middle Ages when it became a major pictorial form and was used to illustrate the narratives of the Bible to a largely illiterate populace. Window glass was in use from at least the 1st century AD, and colored and painted window glass for use in religious buildings was also manufactured at an early date. The earliest extant example of ecclesiastical stained glass is possibly that from San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. A clear glass roundel with a depiction of Christ in Majesty, thought to be 6th century, was discovered here.

Stained glass windows in the cathedral of St. Vitus, Roman Catholic cathedral in Prague

Stained glass windows in the cathedral of St. Vitus, Roman Catholic cathedral in Prague

Stained glass of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, located in Chartres, France. 1194-1225

Stained glass windows of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, located in Chartres, France. 1194-1225

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis, a large medieval abbey church in the city of Saint-Denis, now a northern suburb of Paris

Stained glass windows in The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis, a large medieval abbey church in the city of Saint-Denis, now a northern suburb of Paris

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis, a large medieval abbey church in the city of Saint-Denis, now a northern suburb of Paris. The building is of unique importance historically and architecturally, as its choir completed in 1144 is considered to be the first medieval Gothic architecture ever built.

The Cathedral of Reims

Stained glass windows in The Cathedral of Reims

The death of Joseph (the Virgin Mary and Christ), in the chapel of the church of Sts. Peter and Paul, Ablis, France

Stained glass windows The death of Joseph (the Virgin Mary and Christ), in the chapel of the church of Sts. Peter and Paul, Ablis, France

The Royal medieval Gothic chapel St-Chapelle, Paris

The Royal medieval Gothic chapel St-Chapelle, Paris

Turku Cathedral - the Mother Church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. It is the central church of the Archdiocese of Turku, regarded as one of the major records of Finnish architectural history

Turku Cathedral

Turku Cathedral – the Mother Church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. It is the central church of the Archdiocese of Turku, regarded as one of the major records of Finnish architectural history.

Two rose windows on the west end of Notre-Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Reims) - the seat of the Archdiocese of Reims, where the kings of France were crowned

Two rose windows on the west end of Notre-Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Reims) – the seat of the Archdiocese of Reims, where the kings of France were crowned