Famous Stained Glass 3
Augsburg Cathedral, Germany
The Cathedral of Augsburg was founded in the 11th century. It is a Romanesque delight with a few well-blended, 14th century Gothic additions.
The cathedral was built on the ruins of an unknown 4th century building which was substantially damaged by the Magyars in the 9th century. Work on the cathedral was completed in 1065, but the interior was altered into a Baroque style during 17th century. Fortunately the main structure suffered only minor damage during World War II. It has since gone through several repairing renovations.
Augsburg Cathedral houses stained glass panels, known as the "Prophet Windows", that date back to its 11th century origins. They are thought to be the oldest set of windows still in their original location. The windows depict scenes from the Bible, which were installed in many churches as a way of teaching biblical stories to an illiterate population.
In the city of Toluca, Mexico, the Cosmovitral stained glass mural encircles a botanical garden and rises up across the ceiling of a public art space. Stained glass artist Leopoldo Flores lobbied for the addition of a huge stained glass mural in the planning of the art space in 1975, and finally, after three years, he succeeded. He then spent over a year working through the engineering logistics of such a large mural, but between 1978 and 1980 he and over sixty other craftsmen built this splendid and awe-inspiring piece.
“Cosmovitral” translates approximately to "glass cosmos", and demonstrates man in his relationship to the universe – most graphically depicted by the "Sun Man" panel of the cental wall.
St. Vitus Cathedral, Czech Republic
St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague is renowned as a very beautiful cathedral, but the stained glass windows are worthy of especial praise. Alfons Mucha, the Czech Art Nouveau painter, is credited with the new stained glass windows in the north wall of the cathedral which were erected in the 1980’s.