Architecture: Through Glass, Brightly

Stained glass windows are the Holy Scriptures because they shut out wind and rain; and since their brilliance lets the splendor of the True Light pass into the church, they enlighten those inside.

So the great 12th century Augustinian monk, Hugh of St. Victor, explained the uniquely European religious art form that turned Gothic cathedrals into lanterns of light. Today a new generation of Christian churches (more than 3,000 in West Germany alone) has arisen. Once again artisans of stained glass have been called back into service to enliven, enrich and ennoble...

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