A collection of stained and leaded glass windows from Northern Europe.
Statue of Joan of Arc in front of the huge stained-glass windows in Lille Cathedral in France. Lille Cathedral also had some examples of very modern stained-glass windows. The stained-glass ‘rose’ window of the Rouen Cathedral framing a ghost of the ruined facade outside (also France). A more modern stained-glass window in the Rouen Cathedral.The artist Braque did a series of ‘modern’ stained-glass windows for the church in his hometown of Varengville, France. On the road to Rouen we passed an old Church and stopped and were invited inside. The original stained-glass windows had been damaged – these ones were newer and had been donated by locals who had their names added to them at the bottom.Now to Delft in Holland where the stained-glass windows also had the names added are in the ‘New’ Church in Delft, Holland. The ‘new’ church was built in 1533; these windows were donated in 1933 on its 400-year anniversary.The stained-glass windows cast coloured light onto the pillars in the ‘Old’ Church in Delft.In Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk (‘New Church’), which they started building in 1408, ‘the sunlight floods the floor in watery red and gold…’‘…pale indigo and green…’ The quotes are taken from The Miniaturist, a novel about Amsterdam in 1686, by Jessie Burton.
A simple stained-glass window in a small church in Marken, Holland, from the outside looking in.The same window from the inside looking out, with the sunlight playing on the wonderful irregularities in the glass.For completely different purpose, this diamond-paned stained-glass window with some character holding a small pint of beer, appropriately in a pub door in Delft, Holland. Another pub, another set of stained-glass windows, this one in Amsterdam, Holland.Stained-glass windows advertising Bols Liquor in Cafe Chris, an historic Brown Café in Amsterdam.Stained-glass window in Galway’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in Ireland. These windows are also in Galway’s St Patrick’s Cathedral. Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland, UK.
Stained-glass window in England’s Gloucester Cathedral. A very different type of stained-glass window, also in England’s Gloucester Cathedral.Arte Nouveau windows in the Rubenshof B&B in Antwerp, Belgium.Stained-glass windows in a cathedral in Maredsous, Belgium.A very old form of stained-glass windows in Gravensteen Castle in Ghent, Belgium.Looking down at Ghent and its famous cathdral through a window in the Belltower.
Sint Baaf Kathedraal stained glass in Ghent, Belgium.Celebrating in the Cambrinus, to my mind the best restaurant in Bruges, Belgium.In Wales and further north of Europe, the use of elaborate stained glass windows peters out. Welsh churches seemed to focus more on decorative floors and I could only find this very simple example of a window in a Welsh Church at Penmon Church in Beaumaris.This modern stained-glass map shows how the Pembrokeshire Coast of Wales is crowded with castles.Medieval stained-glass window in Copenhagen’s Museum of Danish History. This was one of the only examples of richly-coloured glass in Denmark. For the most part, the preference seemed to be for windows with only lightly-stained glass such as this arched window in an old church in Copenhagen. I’m not sure of the reason; perhaps the more brilliantly coloured glass was too gloomy during the long Scandinavian winters. Window in Frederiks Church in Copenhagen, Denmark. Again simplicity reigns.Leaded-glass window with a three-masted schooner painted on the middle inset; in the oldest part of Den Gamle By, a series of historical recreated Danish villages in Aarhus, Denmark.For something completely different in stained glass there is the Rainbow Walk at the Aarhus ARoS Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. There was also a lot of stained glass in India but all very different than the windows in northern European ones. More of Ryan Photography’s Photo for the Week: Windows.