The 10 most interesting examples of stained glass in architecture

In this article you will find a list of the most impressive and representative examples of stained glass windows and their use in all types of buildings and constructions. A compilation of monuments and architectural buildings in which stained glass windows take on special relevance.

Stained glass windows of the Grossmünster Church in Zurich.

At first glance, these appear to be conventional stained glass windows with a modern design, but their components are somewhat special, containing fragments of agate. In 2009 the Grossmünster (one of the three main churches in Zurich) was modified with new windows designed by Sigmar Polke, who designed the seven windows on the west side of the church(Source).

2. Windows of the Institute of Image and Sound (The Netherlands)
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Neutelings riedijk (ANR) are part of a generation of Dutch architects who are making their mark both in Europe and internationally. NRA has recently completed the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision. The building was conceived as a perfect cube, although approximately half of it is underground. The exterior is composed of a modern stained glass window, conceived in collaboration with the artist Jaap Drupsteen. Each glass panel is printed with famous images from Dutch television. Interestingly, each image is only perceptible when viewed from the correct angle. These stained glass windows cast a colorful glow that permeates the entire interior of the building.

4. The largest dome-shaped window in the world (Chicago, United States).
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Designed by the famous Tiffany and located at the Chicago Cultural Center is the

Preston Bradley Hall. As of today the largest dome-shaped stained glass window in the world(Source).

5. The world’s largest flag made of stained glass windows.
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Somewhere there had to be the largest stained glass flag in the world.
It is located exactly at the Dole Institute of Politics on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence.
It is more than 4 meters high, has 960 pieces, weighs more than one ton and costs 200,000 euros. On either side of it are two steel columns salvaged from the World Trade Center building.(Source).
6. Stained Glass of Sainte Chapelle Stained Glass (France)
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The Sainte-Chapelle is a Gothic chapel on the Île de la Cité, in the heart of Paris, France. It is considered one of the most beautiful of its style, with more than 600 square meters of stained glass windows in the upper part of the chapel. The predominant colors are reds and blues that illustrate the 1,130 figures of the Bible.

7. The most expensive stained glass window in the world (Washington, U.S.A.)
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The Washington National Cathedral is a cathedral belonging to the Episcopal Church based in Washington. Of neo-Gothic design, it is the sixth largest cathedral in the world, and the second largest in the United States. It contains hundreds of works of art, including more than two hundred stained glass windows. Perhaps the best known is ‘the space window’, in honor of man’s landing on the moon, which includes a fragment of moon rock in its center donated by astronaut Michael Collins that was collected during the Apollo 11 mission.

8. The World Map in Stained Glass (Mapparium Building – Boston, MA)

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Located at the Christian Science Center in Boston, the Mapparium is a gigantic glass sphere depicting the 1935 map of the world with political boundaries. The hard spherical surface of the balloon reflects sound and produces interesting acoustic effects, an example of which is that it generates a lot of echo, so that visitors can speak in whispers even when they are at a great distance and in diametrically opposite positions. The Mapparium was designed to represent the countries of the world with the size that corresponds to them, something that only the spherical shape of it allows.(Source)

9. Stained glass windows of St.Vitus Cathedral (Czech Republic)
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Although the interior of the St. Paul’s Cathedral is a Vitus in Prague is really beautiful in general,
the stained glass windows of this deserve special attention. Alfons Mucha, the quintessential Art Nouveau artist, was the creator of the stained glass windows of the north wall of the cathedral during the twentieth century(Source).
10. Stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia

Thousands of tourists
visit every year the Basilica designed by the architect Gaudí, which has hundreds of stained glass windows in windows, stairways and openings, most of them the work of the artist Joan Vila-Grau and built by the company Vitrallsbonet. Lhe stained glass windows of the crypt of the Sagrada Familia were made in different phases following the project of D.Vilàs(Source).
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