Stained Glass: History Throughout Dozen Centuries
Such familiar for us stained glass, which has ceased to be the sole element of churches and temples long before, and come into our daily lives as a decoration, have a centenary history.
Historians and archeologists found the first stained glass windows in the St. Paul’s monastery, located in England. Studies that have been done showed that this design is more than 1,300 years old – it dates from the year 686 AD. But this is not the only attempt to create stained glass – several centuries before in the basilica one used thin plate of selenite and alabaster, which made a nice ornament in combination.
The word “stained glass” is of French origin, because “vitre” translates as window glass. A wide spread of this kind of art is attributed to the Catholic Church, which often used similar decorating the walls and windows to create a special atmosphere. The light that passed through the colored pieces, gave unusual rays that harmonize with the restrained design of the temple.
Today, stained glass is still used in churches and temples, but this is not the only area of their use. They add a special uniqueness and eccentricity for restaurants, cafes, trade institutions and, of course, our apartments and houses.