The Most Stunning Stained Glass Windows In The World (PHOTOS)

05/03/2014 08:49 am ET | Updated May 09, 2014
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When stepping into a holy place, our eyes seek the light. If we're lucky, the light will be shining through a stained glass window, adding illumination and beauty at once. Stained glass windows tell stories, educate and inspire.

Doctor Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, the mind behind the theory of the five stages of grief, once wrote:

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

Take in their beauty here:

stained glass sagrada familia
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

glory window spiral stained glass window
'Glory Window,' Chapel of Thanksgiving, Dallas, Texas

kings chapel cambridge window
Kings Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom

nasir al mulk
Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

sablon stained glass
Church of Notre-Dame au Sablon, Brussels, Belgium

grace cathedral window san francisco
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

saintechapelle
La Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, France

gloucester cathedral window
Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, United Kingdom

temple emanuel
Temple Emanu-El, New York City, New York

trinity chapel cambridge
St Peter and St Paul's Church, Lavenham, Suffolk, United Kingdom

salvator
St. Salvator Cathedral, Bruges, Belgium

stained glass window
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

stained glass window
Cathedral of Maringá, Maringá, Brazil

aix cathedral window
Aix Cathedral, Aix-en-Provence, France

salisbury cathedral stained glass window
Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, United Kingdom

synagogue window
Lloyd Street Synagogue

reims cathedral window
Reims Cathedral, Reims, France

coventry cathedral window
Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, United Kingdom

st martins cathedral ypres
St. Martin's Cathedral, Ypres, Belgium

stained glass window
St Nicolaaskerk Church, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

mosque window
Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

stained glass window
Siena Cathedral, Siena, Italy

stained glass window
Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

stained glass window
St. Clements Church, Hastings, Sussex, United Kingdom

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