Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Visitors enjoy Canterbury Cathedral's celebrated stained glass at ground level

By Jonathon Jones
Stained glass windows from the 12th and 13th century go on display inside Canterbury Cathedral. Photograph: Andy Hall for the Guardian
UNITED KINGDOM---Some of the oldest stained glass windows in the world, their glowing, 800-year-old detail normally visible only to passing pigeons, have temporarily come to ground level at Canterbury cathedral, while the massive window that is their normal home is rebuilt. Although it has been repaired many times – with the mixture of types of stone and mortars adding to its problems – the huge window dates back to the 1420s. [link]

The cathedral was already famous for its stained glass before a fire in 1174. Photograph: Andy Hall/Andy Hall