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20 of the Most Stunning Stained Glass Windows Around the World

After looking through these stunning photos of stained glass windows, you'll never look at stained glass windows the same again.

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Church of St. Michael, Inkpen, England

Just like this stunning window set in England, these arrestingly beautiful photos will always stand the test of time.

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Qamariya workshop, Yemen

Stained glass, known here as qamariya, is symbolic in Yemeni architecture. This photo shows the qamariya outside of a workshop in Yemen.

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Bauchon Chapel, Norwich Cathedral, England

Stained glass windows are beautiful to see. These rare National Geographic photos will leave you speechless.

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Saint Gilles Church, Malestroit, France

Tiny specks of color work together to create this stunning masterpiece.

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Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Iran

The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, uses the vibrant colors and simple shapes in these stained glass windows to create this incredible lighting effect inside. This photo rivals even these arrestingly beautiful photos that stand the test of time.

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Cartagena, Fine Arts University, Colombia

The unique architecture of Cartagena Fine Arts University needed something as stunning and particular as this gorgeous symmetrical stained glass window.

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Christ Church, Capitol Hill

There’s something a bit more rugged and simplistic about the stained glass window at Christ Church on Capitol Hill. We think this window can contend with the most amazing snapshots from road trips across America.

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Taragarh Fort, Rajasthan, India

Located in the city of Ajmer, this incredible fort is a structure of great strength and beauty, just like this stained glass window.

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Notre Dame de Reims, Reims, France

This stunning stained glass window on the west end of the Reims Cathedral was damaged during World War I and restored later in the 20th century. Here are some incredible photos of other famous landmarks while they were under construction.

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Space Window, National Cathedral Washington

This doesn’t look like the typical church scene often depicted in stained glass windows. The Space Window was donated to the National Cathedral in Washington by Dr. Thomas O. Paine, NASA’s administrator during the Apollo 11 mission. An even cooler fact about this gorgeous window? According to NASA, it contains a piece of the actual moon, brought to the cathedral by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

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Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England

The religious house in which this stained glass window is featured is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul and was opened in 1160. If that sounds old to you, you’ll be blown away by the oldest buildings in the world that are still standing.

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Chartres Cathedral, France

The Cathedral in Chartres is a true architectural marvel and a UNESCO Heritage site, so it’s no wonder that the stained glass window housed there is also a one of a kind masterpiece.

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Museum at Prairiefire, Overland Park, Kansas

The Museum at Prariefire is partnered with the American Museum of Natural History and allows Midwesterners an opportunity to see traveling exhibits and artifacts and collections from around the world, along with education classes for all ages. This museum is also offering some of its exhibits and programs for free online right now.  It might not be the same as actually visiting the museum, but here are the museums and concerts you can now enjoy online.

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Museum at Prairiefire, Overland Park, Kansas (Interior)

We had to include this one twice, if only to give you a glimpse into what those gorgeous stained glass windows look like from the inside of the museum.

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Church of Bouvines, France

Another French church? What can we say: the French own some truly spectacular stained glass windows. Oddly enough, they don’t make the list of places with abandoned churches that are eerily beautiful at all.

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Al Nadji Mosque, Saudi Arabia

These small simple panels don’t look anything like some of the large scale mosaics on this list, but we don’t think that makes them any less spectacular.

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Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Georgia

The blue abstract design of this window is a lot less complex than many stained glass windows you might commonly see, but it’s monochromatic and simplistic design lends to its overall charm.

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Sagrada Familia, Spain

 

This picture reminds us that there’s more to the beauty of stained glass windows than the images depicted. They also can create colorful effects like this. Not a fan of man-made beauty like this? You’ll love the most colorful natural wonders on Earth.

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Moët & Chandon Champagne House Visitor Center

This scene depicts French Benedictine monk Dom Perignon, so it’s the perfect stained glass window to decorate the Visitor Center at the Moët & Chandon vineyard.

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Alexandra Yarmolnik Glass Art Studio, Moscow

While it’s less colorful than the other entries on this list, this stained glass panel installed in the bathroom ceiling of Alexandra Yarmolnik’s art studio is no less stunning. This skylight-style window reminds us of these 20 stunning photos that were taken from above the clouds.

 

Isabel Roy
Isabel Roy has been a writer and editor for RD.com since February of 2019. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and Rhetoric. She is thrilled to be living and working in the Big Apple although she misses the easy access to freshly made Wisconsin cheese curds and Kopps Custard. When not at the Reader’s Digest office, you can find her downing too many chai lattes and rereading her favorite Harry Potter books.