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The world's most breathtaking stained-glass windows

Stained glass elevates these spaces from Gothic cathedrals to art galleries to concert halls.

  • 1. Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

    Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

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  • 2. Thanks-Giving Square, Dallas

    Thanks-Giving Square, Dallas

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    In 1977 Philip Johnson designed a delicately spiraling white chapel to anchor a tranquil three-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Dallas. The ornate structure is crowned by the Glory Window, which comprises 73 stained-glass panels crafted by French artist Gabriel Loire.

  • 3. Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Sebastian, Rio de Janeiro

    Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Sebastian, Rio de Janeiro

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  • 4. Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

    Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

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    The Louis Comfort Tiffany dome at the Chicago Cultural Center measures 38 feet in diameter, making it one of the largest stained-glass domes in the world. Held together by an ornate cast-iron frame that features some 30,000 pieces of glass shaped like fish scales, the dome was finished in 1897, the same year the building opened as the city’s first public library. The dome underwent a meticulous restoration in 2008 and is now lighted electrically.

  • 5. Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

    Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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    Finished at the end of the 19th century, this Technicolor mosque in southern Iran dazzles with intricate stained-glass windows, richly colored tiles, carved pillars, and woven rugs. Due to its strategic positioning, early morning light produces a kaleidoscopic effect within the structure, which has survived numerous earthquakes thanks to the flexible wood struts within its walls.

  • 6. King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England

    King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England

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