A Stained Glass Window

The windows we have looking out onto the world can be made to look interesting: the fabric we choose to surround them with can be rich and colourful; flowers can be placed near them to enhance the look; sofas can be placed near them to encourage one to look out and daydream.

The type of window I do admire the most, though, is the stained glass window made in years gone by. The aim of the window is not to encourage one to look out; instead it encourages one to reflect on the scene being presented. In the big cathedrals, many stories are told by the artist within the glass. When we visited some of the churches in Mauritius, I was surprised to see that even some of the smaller churches have these colourful windows. At the one church in particular, I admired the windows that surround the Virgin Mary.

Stained glass windows of the Virgin Mary. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
Stained glass windows of the Virgin Mary. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The light shining through the glass enhanced the spirituality the artist had focused on.

Do you enjoy looking at stained glass windows in churches?

(This post was inspired by Jake’s prompt: window)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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44 thoughts on “A Stained Glass Window

  1. Oh, I can sit and stare at windows like these for hours Colline! What a beautiful photo and entry! Thanks for sharing. 🙂 *hugs*

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      1. Haven’t been to a modern church in ages but I can only imagine Colline and yes, I love old churches and especially catholic churches. I’ve always felt at home when I go into one. A pity they’re so scarce here. 🙂

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          1. I would say predominantly “something else” but I don’t want to sound rude. LOL! I love Catholic churches….let’s stick to that..hehehe

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  2. This glass is stunning! I’m one who enjoys going into old churches … especially the grand ones. Most of the time, stained glass is there, but I simply taken by the buildings as a whole.

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    1. The buildings that have these windows tend to have other things in them that draw me to them. All in all a space has been created, I think, to encourage prayer and meditation.

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      1. Same datation Chartres and Troyes, some stained glass windows provided to abbaye of Clairvaux (created the order of Bernardins) and the beginning of crusaders. Let me know if you come here.

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