Why have stained glass windows been popular for centuries? Perhaps the best reason is because they’re beautiful, and people like to look at beautiful things. Think of some of the words used to describe stained glass windows you’ve seen in person: “stunning,” “gorgeous,” “marvelous,” and “inspiring!” Stained Glass Windows in Medieval Times Specifically, stained glass… Read more »
Why Stained Glass Windows Are Omnipresent in Churches
Over the years many churches have incorporated stained glass windows in their design. If you were to visit Europe today to tour the grand old cathedrals, you’d be amazed at the beautiful stained glass windows in many of them. When Were Stained Glass Windows First Developed? When did stained glass windows “become a thing?” It… Read more »
York Minister’s Medieval Stained-Glass Window Restored
Several years ago, people were fighting to restore York Minister’s renowned stained-glass windows. Now, that dream has become a reality. History of York Minister Named for the town it was built in, York Minister has been a major Christian center in northern England for centuries. Although the earliest version dates back to 627 C.E., the… Read more »
What Does the Color in Your Stained Glass Window Represent?
Certain colors are associated with certain things. When you think of green, what comes to mind? Nature? Money? How about blue? Water/the ocean? Red? Warnings? Stop Signs? Indeed, different colors help communicate different ideas, emotions and things. This is true for colors in stained glass windows, too. Take, for instance, the many beautiful stained glass… Read more »
Can Cold Weather Cause Stained Glass Windows to Crack?
Can stained glass windows crack due to cold winter weather? Yes. When this happens, it’s called a “thermal stress crack.” An Overview of Thermal Stress Cracks When there’s a significant temperature change in the outdoor air temperature, cracks can occur in glass. Specifically, particles of the glass expand when heated and contract when cooled. In… Read more »