First coming to fame in the Middle Ages, stained glass has been enriching buildings around the globe for years. Though customarily used in the windows of mosques, churches, and various holy buildings, the material reached the secular world in the 1800s. Currently, it’s not unusual to see it used in hotels, art installations, shopping malls, and cultural buildings. Regardless how it’s used, a museum in Bangkok, or a cathedral in Paris, one thing’s for sure: We like to view everything on earth via multi-colored glasses. Here are a few places around the world with the most exquisite stained glass.
La Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain
The inside of this renowned church is celebrated for its branching, tree-like columns and lofty naves all made more breathtaking by the graduated tints of light coming through the skylights and windows.
Santuário Dom Bosco, Brasília, Brazil
From the exterior, the Santuário appears to be similar to a plain concrete box. But the inside is quite spectacular thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows putting heavenly light through the whole space. These glassy beauties were created with over 7,300 pieces of glass in numerous hues of blue, giving the façade of a starry sky.
Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona, Spain
Another Barcelona staple, the Palau de la Música Catalana, is one of the premium examples of Catalan modernista style, envision floral motifs, curved lines, rich detailing. The concert hall is well-lit completely with natural light during daylight hours because of the inverted dome skylight and stained glass walls.
Wafi Mall, Dubai, UAE
A journey to Dubai’s Wafi Mall is never a regret even if you leave its over 300 shops and indoor souk without a bag. Motivated by early Egypt, this place is topped by stained glass pyramids that go seamlessly with the carved statues in the halls and marble floors.