Sainte Chapelle, Paris, France

Less known that Notre Dame or Chartres, this little French chapel wins the contest for the most beautiful stained glass windows of France. Built in the 13th century, it hosts an estimated 6,500 feet of stained glass depicting biblical scenes that was restored in 2015.

Santuário Dom Bosco, Brasilia, Brasil

Built in 1963 by architect Carlos Alberto Naves this modernist building hosts 80 stained glass windows that create an ethereal blue light. Its windows attract thousands of visitors each year and owed its qualification as one of the “Seven Wonders” of Brasilia’s cultural heritage.

Reims Cathedral, Reims, France

Known all over the world for the beauty of its stained glass windows, Reims Cathedral has a long stained glass history going all the way back to its foundation in the 13th century. Unfortunately few of the original stained glass panels remain, but the dedication of 20th century artists like Marc Chagall to re-create stained glass art has secured Reims place in the world’s most wondrous stained glass architectures to this day.

Sint-Petrus-en-Pauluskerk, Ostend, Belgium

This towering structure was built in 1899 in Neo-Gothic style on the site of a pre-existing church. The architect was inspired in part by the famous Cologne Cathedral. It is home to finely colored stained glass windows that result into a play of colors in its interiors.

Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France

Known for the exquisite beauty of its exteriors, Chartres Cathedral is also home to some of the most wondrous stained glass windows in Gothic architecture. Its central rose-windows as well as panel belows host stained glass of a myriad shades of blue, purple and red resulting into ethereal blue-themed light inside the Cathedral.