Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Friday 24 May |
Saint of the Day: Sts. Donation and Rogation
Aleteia logo
Art & Culture
separateurCreated with Sketch.

Some of the most beautiful stained glass churches of the world

Sainte Chapelle

GruntXIII | CC BY-SA 4.0

V. M. Traverso - published on 08/13/20

From Paris to Brasilia, stained glass windows are one of the most beloved features of Catholic architecture

Stained glass, the coloured glass that makes light coming in from church windows take on wondrous colors, originated in the Middle Ages. According to most historians, stained glass was invented by ingenious monks and artists that melted superheated glass with metallic salts, a technique that allowed for glass to take on different chromatic tones.

Read more:
Astronauts, gremlins, ice cream cones: These are not the gargoyles you were expecting

Today, stained glass windows are one of the most bellowed features of Catholic architecture around the world, especially in France and northern Europe, where architects have historically been building larger windows, when compared with those of southern Europe. But a handful of churches particularly stands out. Visit the slideshow below to discover some of the most beautiful stained glass churches in the Catholic world. 

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.