The stained glass windows inside Cologne Cathedral is a kaleidoscope of colors that visitors should not miss. Yes, I know, every cathedral in Europe has a couple of stained glass windows, and that’s why you should take notice of them. They might look the same to you but if you take a closer look, you’ll find the difference in the details of each of them.
The South-facing Stained Glass Window. This window is designed by the famed, contemporary local artist, Gerhard Richter. Aside from the fact that it’s a really magnificent window, it is hounded by controversy. It is said that Cardinal Joachim Meisner, the city’s Archbishop was opposed to the idea of having a stained glass. However, let it be known that he was not against contemporary art in itself but he wanted more symbolic representations of 20th-century martyrs or saints, as opposed to abstract ones. And when the glass window was unveiled, guess what, the Archbishop did not show up. But, of course, the Church has a reason – it was in conflict with a previously-arranged trip. 😉
I took a lot of photos of these windows and I don’t anymore remember which side of the cathedral you can see them. Fortunately, you can find a map of all these windows here.
Take note that many of these stained glass windows are really, really, really ancient.
Well, of course, you can easily see the birth of Christ in this panel. Can you guess where Moses is? Find the burning bush. 😉
The scene reminds me of Michelangelo’s Pieta at the Vatican.
You can find this right at the centre of the church, but behind the altar.
This stained glass window was made through the effort of the children of Cologne who collected financial donations. It scenes depict the children of the Old and New Testament. Bernhard Kloss designed the window.
On the day of the Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended – and the Church was officially founded.
And the Three Wise Men came with their gifts.
Hmmmnnnn… I’m not really sure who Jesse is. 😉
I reckon there are about three or more stained glass windows that depict the Three Kings. As you probably know, behind the altar in this cathedral lies the mortal remains of the Three Wise Men.
Looking at the window above, you’ll definitely identify the scenes from the life of Christ.
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