Famous Stained Glass 4
La Sainte-Chapelle, France
This Gothic chapel is on the Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris, France. It is the last remaining building of the Capetian royal palace and is quite spectacular in its own right.
La Sainte-Chapelle features fifteen enormous windows, over 6,400 square feet of 13th century stained glass, in the nave and apse of the chapel surrounded by delicate painted stonework. The windows are of rich reds and blues and depict over 1,000 figures from the Bible. Each panel is astonishingly intricate, and is probably the best example, if not the best known, of this art form. The large rose window on the western wall was added in the 15th Century.
Mapparium Building in Boston, USA.
Mapparium is a stained glass globe exhibit in the Mary Baker Eddy Library of the Christian Science Centre in Boston, Massachusetts. It is three floors high, with a 30 foot bridge running through its interior. The building dates back to around 1900, but it wasn't until the building was restored in the 1990s that the massive stained glass orb was added.
The spherical stained glass room depicts as a map of the world with political borders from 1935. The hard spherical surface of the globe creates deep echoes and produces remarkable acoustical effects, acting as a whispering gallery so that visitors standing at opposite ends of the bridge can speak to and hear each other as if they were standing next to each other.
Although designed to allow the countries of the world to be viewed in exact geographical correlation, but since it can only be viewed fully from the inside, different parts of the globe are at varied distances from the eye and so are distorted by the strange perspective.