20 of the Most Stunning Stained Glass Windows Around the World
After looking through these stunning photos of stained glass windows, you'll never look at stained glass windows the same again.
Church of St. Michael, Inkpen, England
Just like this stunning window set in England, these arrestingly beautiful photos will always stand the test of time.
Qamariya workshop, Yemen
Stained glass, known here as qamariya, is symbolic in Yemeni architecture. This photo shows the qamariya outside of a workshop in Yemen.
Bauchon Chapel, Norwich Cathedral, England
Stained glass windows are beautiful to see. These rare National Geographic photos will leave you speechless.
Saint Gilles Church, Malestroit, France
Tiny specks of color work together to create this stunning masterpiece.
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Iran
The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, uses the vibrant colors and simple shapes in these stained glass windows to create this incredible lighting effect inside. This photo rivals even these arrestingly beautiful photos that stand the test of time.
Christ Church, Capitol Hill
There’s something a bit more rugged and simplistic about the stained glass window at Christ Church on Capitol Hill. We think this window can contend with the most amazing snapshots from road trips across America.
Taragarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
Located in the city of Ajmer, this incredible fort is a structure of great strength and beauty, just like this stained glass window.
Notre Dame de Reims, Reims, France
This stunning stained glass window on the west end of the Reims Cathedral was damaged during World War I and restored later in the 20th century. Here are some incredible photos of other famous landmarks while they were under construction.
Space Window, National Cathedral Washington
This doesn’t look like the typical church scene often depicted in stained glass windows. The Space Window was donated to the National Cathedral in Washington by Dr. Thomas O. Paine, NASA’s administrator during the Apollo 11 mission. An even cooler fact about this gorgeous window? According to NASA, it contains a piece of the actual moon, brought to the cathedral by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.
Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England
The religious house in which this stained glass window is featured is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul and was opened in 1160. If that sounds old to you, you’ll be blown away by the oldest buildings in the world that are still standing.
Museum at Prairiefire, Overland Park, Kansas
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Museum at Prairiefire, Overland Park, Kansas (Interior)
We had to include this one twice, if only to give you a glimpse into what those gorgeous stained glass windows look like from the inside of the museum.
Church of Bouvines, France
Another French church? What can we say: the French own some truly spectacular stained glass windows. Oddly enough, they don’t make the list of places with abandoned churches that are eerily beautiful at all.
Al Nadji Mosque, Saudi Arabia
These small simple panels don’t look anything like some of the large scale mosaics on this list, but we don’t think that makes them any less spectacular.
Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Georgia
The blue abstract design of this window is a lot less complex than many stained glass windows you might commonly see, but it’s monochromatic and simplistic design lends to its overall charm.
Sagrada Familia, Spain
This picture reminds us that there’s more to the beauty of stained glass windows than the images depicted. They also can create colorful effects like this. Not a fan of man-made beauty like this? You’ll love the most colorful natural wonders on Earth.
Moët & Chandon Champagne House Visitor Center
This scene depicts French Benedictine monk Dom Perignon, so it’s the perfect stained glass window to decorate the Visitor Center at the Moët & Chandon vineyard.
Alexandra Yarmolnik Glass Art Studio, Moscow
While it’s less colorful than the other entries on this list, this stained glass panel installed in the bathroom ceiling of Alexandra Yarmolnik’s art studio is no less stunning. This skylight-style window reminds us of these 20 stunning photos that were taken from above the clouds.