Behold the striking beauty of the most stunning stained glass windows of the world

Stained glass windows have been a major element of almost every type of historic architecture since the 13th century. Philip Johnson, Oscar Niemeyer, and Antoni Gaudí are few of the world-renowned architects who have incorporated artists in their projects to fill the windows with intricate patterns and many untold stories.

From La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to Church of Notre-Dame au Sablon in Belgium, the striking artwork on these glass windows speak of the history of that time while adding beauty and illuminating the structures at the same time. This quality has intrigued many photographers and have ultimately led them to capture these windows cum artworks in beautifully composed pictures.

1. La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Image: Flickr / Michelle Miller

2. ‘Glory Window,’ Chapel of Thanksgiving, Dallas, Texas

Imgae: Flickr / Jeffrey Cooper

Image:  Flickr / John McStravick

3. Kings Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Image: Flickr / Andy Smith

Image: Flickr / CaptureTheDetails

4. Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Image: Flickr / Mohammad Reza

Image: Flickr / Zach Ho

5. Church of Notre-Dame au Sablon, Brussels, Belgium

Image: Flickr / Granpic

Image: Flickr / RURO photography

6. Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Image: Flickr / Justin Kern

Image: Flickr / David Yu

7. La Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, France

Image: Flickr / Trey Ratcliff

Image: Flickr / Paul SKG

8. Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, United Kingdom

Image: Flickr / Jinxsi

Image: Flickr / Martyn Smith

9. Temple Emanu-El, New York City, New York

Image: Flickr / Joshua Bousel

Image: Flickr / Kent G Becker

10. St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Lavenham, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Image: Flickr / Sg Thomer

Image: Flickr / Sg Thomer

11. St. Salvator Cathedral, Bruges, Belgium

Image: Flickr / T.Devinney

Image:  Flickr / Nigel Swales

12. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Image: Flickr / Rudy Chiarello

Image:  Flickr / Mark Fischer

Image: Godong/Alamy

13. Cathedral of Maringá, Maringá, Brazil

Image: Flickr / Bruno Conceicao

14. Aix Cathedral, Aix-en-Provence, France

Image: Flickr / Tom Whitehead

Image:  Flickr / Christopher Shaw

15. Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, United Kingdom

Image: Flickr / Seunghyeon Choe

Image: Flickr / Seunghyeon Choe

16. Reims Cathedral, Reims, France

Image: Flickr / diligam_te

Image: Flickr / George

17. Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, United Kingdom

Image: Flickr / John Dalkin

Image: Flickr / John Dalkin

18. St. Martin’s Cathedral, Ypres, Belgium

Image: Flickr / Chris Kemp

Image: Flickr / Steve Tilbury

19. St Nicolaaskerk Church, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Image: Flickr / Gary Ullah

20. Siena Cathedral, Siena, Italy

Image: Flickr / Peter Schoen

Image: Flickr / Ween Diggity

21. Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Image: Flickr / Alter Lego

Image: Flickr / Game of Light

22. St. Clements Church, Hastings, Sussex, United Kingdom

Image: Flickr / Budby

Image: Flickr / Jules & Jenny

23. Cathedral of Brasília, Brazil

Image: Flickr / Nailton Barbosa

Image: Flickr / Gary McGovern

24. Aachen Cathedral, Germany

Image: Flickr / Kari Bluff

Image: Flickr / Patrick Kenawy

25. St. Joseph’s Church, Le Havre, France

Image: Flickr / Agustín Santillán

Image: Flickr / Flickr / Christine Curtis

26. Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

Image: Flickr / darthmauldds

Image: Flickr / Wei Ping Teoh

27. Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Image: Flickr / Yang Chin

Image: Flickr / Haaghun

28. Gran Hotel Ciudad de México, Mexico City

Image: Flickr / Ole Steffensen

Image:  Flickr / Amp

29. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Image: Flickr / Julien Ambrosiano

Image: Flickr / R Marvin

30. York Minster Chapter House, York, England

Image: Flickr / Rich Bennett

Image: Flickr / Lee Collins

31. Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona

Image: Flickr / Paulo Valdivieso

Image: Flickr / Aleksandra Piechorowska

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