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Rose Window Collection

The mesmerizing beauty of rose windows can be found in various medieval cathedrals across Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: View of Piazza San Giovanni in Florence. At the base of the faade of the Duomo you can see a

View of Piazza San Giovanni in Florence. At the base of the faade of the Duomo you can see a construction site, probably set up for the facade cladding Florence Baptistery Romanesque, Middle Ages

Background imageRose Window Collection: Rose window, Medieval stained glass windows in North Transept, Chartres Cathedral

Rose window, Medieval stained glass windows in North Transept, Chartres Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chartres, Eure-et-Loir Region, France, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: Master organ in Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, Paris, France, Europe

Master organ in Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, Paris, France, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: PARIS: NOTRE DAME, 1848. The western facade of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France

PARIS: NOTRE DAME, 1848. The western facade of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France. Wash drawing by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, who led the restoration of the cathedral, which began in 1845

Background imageRose Window Collection: The 18th century rose window dedicated to Mary, Reims Notre Dame Cathedral

The 18th century rose window dedicated to Mary, Reims Notre Dame Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Reims, Marne, France, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: GEUR2D-00005

GEUR2D-00005
North rose window of Chartres Cathedral, depicting the glorification of the Virgin Mary, c. 1230 A.D. France. Digital photograph

Background imageRose Window Collection: Rose window in Notre-Dame-des-Carmes church, Pont-l Abbe, Pont-l Abbe

Rose window in Notre-Dame-des-Carmes church, Pont-l Abbe, Pont-l Abbe, Finistere, France, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: Catalan Gothic church of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Europe

Catalan Gothic church of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: Elgin Cathedral, Elgin, Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Elgin Cathedral, Elgin, Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: Interior of the Sainte Chapelle, view from the entrance, 1865-1939. Creator: Daniel Jordens

Interior of the Sainte Chapelle, view from the entrance, 1865-1939. Creator: Daniel Jordens
Interior of the Sainte Chapelle, view from the entrance, 1865-1939

Background imageRose Window Collection: Plan by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, who restored the cathdedral in the mid-19th century

Plan by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, who restored the cathdedral in the mid-19th century
PARIS: NOTRE DAME. Plan by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, who restored the cathdedral in the mid-19th century, showing how the church might have looked with the spires originally intended to crown the towers

Background imageRose Window Collection: Via de Pecori and Piazza del Duomo in Florence

Via de Pecori and Piazza del Duomo in Florence Florence Via de Pecori Bell Tower Gothic, Middle Ages, Europe, First and Second Millennium A.D.. Date of Photograph:1915-1920

Background imageRose Window Collection: Cathedral Notre-Dame at night, Strasbourg, Alsace, Bas-Rhin Department, France, Europe

Cathedral Notre-Dame at night, Strasbourg, Alsace, Bas-Rhin Department, France, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: The jagged mountains in Catalonia with Cable Car (Aeri de Montserrat), Spain

The jagged mountains in Catalonia with Cable Car (Aeri de Montserrat), Spain, showing the Benedictine Abbey at Montserrat, Santa Maria de Montserrat, near Barcelona

Background imageRose Window Collection: View of the exterior, begun 1225 (photo)

View of the exterior, begun 1225 (photo)
PWI94663 View of the exterior, begun 1225 (photo) by French School, (13th century); Beauvais Cathedral, Beauvais, France; ePeter Willi; French, out of copyright

Background imageRose Window Collection: England, London, Southwark, Winchester Palace, The Medieval Rose Window

England, London, Southwark, Winchester Palace, The Medieval Rose Window

Background imageRose Window Collection: Rain soaked streets in front of Strasbourg cathedral, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France, Europe

Rain soaked streets in front of Strasbourg cathedral, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: A rose window in Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Troyes cathedral, in Gothic style

A rose window in Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Troyes cathedral, in Gothic style, dating from around 1200, Troyes, Aube, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: Rose window and the vaults of Notre Dame, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Paris

Rose window and the vaults of Notre Dame, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Paris, France, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: Rose window, St. Remy basilica, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Reims, Marne, France, Europe

Rose window, St. Remy basilica, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Reims, Marne, France, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: Rose window, Saint-Vincent cathedral, St. Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France, Europe

Rose window, Saint-Vincent cathedral, St. Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: Architectural detail of the rose window in the cathedral

Architectural detail of the rose window in the cathedral at Orvieto in Umbria, Italy, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: 'Statesmen's Corner', North Transept, Westminster Abbey, 1865. Creator: Unknown

"Statesmen's Corner", North Transept, Westminster Abbey, 1865. Creator: Unknown
"Statesmen's Corner", North Transept, Westminster Abbey, [London], 1865. The more ancient monuments of the larger size

Background imageRose Window Collection: Southern facade of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, Paris, France, Europe

Southern facade of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, Paris, France, Europe

Background imageRose Window Collection: Rose window Siena Cathedral, Siena, Italy. Completed from 1215 to 1263

Rose window Siena Cathedral, Siena, Italy. Completed from 1215 to 1263

Background imageRose Window Collection: Southern side of Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg

Southern side of Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg
3570486 Southern side of Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg by Unknown photographer, (19th century); (add.info.: Strasbourg, France 1880 ca)

Background imageRose Window Collection: The neogothic facade of the Cathedral of Arezzo, that replaced the former

The neogothic facade of the Cathedral of Arezzo, that replaced the former
3559184 The neogothic facade of the Cathedral of Arezzo, that replaced the former, which had remained unfinished since the beginning of the XV century

Background imageRose Window Collection: View of the north facade of Westminster Abbey in London

View of the north facade of Westminster Abbey in London
3561564 View of the north facade of Westminster Abbey in London by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: London, Great Britain 1900-1910 ca)

Background imageRose Window Collection: Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin
3562782 Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: Dublin, Ireland 1925-1935 Date of Artwork: 1038, XII, 1871-1878 Photographer: J.V.); Alinari Archives

Background imageRose Window Collection: The facade of the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, in Paris

The facade of the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, in Paris
3570456 The facade of the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, in Paris; (add.info.: Paris, France 1890 ca. Date of Artwork: 1492-1622 Photographer: Kuhn, J.); Alinari Archives, Florence

Background imageRose Window Collection: The Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi; postcard

The Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi; postcard
3575758 The Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi; postcard by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: Assisi 1908 Date of Artwork: XIII sec)

Background imageRose Window Collection: Rosette of the facade of the Basilica of San Zeno in Verona, depicting the Wheel of Fortune

Rosette of the facade of the Basilica of San Zeno in Verona, depicting the Wheel of Fortune, work of Brioloto
3558533 Rosette of the facade of the Basilica of San Zeno in Verona, depicting the Wheel of Fortune, work of Brioloto by Fratelli Alinari (fl.1854-1920); (add.info.: Artist: Brioloto Date of Artwork)

Background imageRose Window Collection: The facade of the Cathedral of Saint-Denis, Paris

The facade of the Cathedral of Saint-Denis, Paris
3561062 The facade of the Cathedral of Saint-Denis, Paris by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: Paris, France 1900-1910 Date of Artwork: XII-XIII secc)

Background imageRose Window Collection: View from the exterior of the transept of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Sees, near Alencon, France

View from the exterior of the transept of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Sees, near Alencon, France
3566487 View from the exterior of the transept of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Sees, near Alencon, France by Unknown photographer, (19th century); (add.info.: Sees, France 1880 ca)

Background imageRose Window Collection: Amiens Cathedral, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho)

Amiens Cathedral, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho)
STC400435 Amiens Cathedral, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho) by Bone, David Muirhead (1876-1953); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection

Background imageRose Window Collection: The facade of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Strasbourg

The facade of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Strasbourg
3570483 The facade of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Strasbourg. by Unknown photographer, (19th century); (add.info.: Strasbourg, France 1890 ca)

Background imageRose Window Collection: The facade of the Cathedral of Saint-Gatien in Tours

The facade of the Cathedral of Saint-Gatien in Tours
3561329 The facade of the Cathedral of Saint-Gatien in Tours by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: Tours, France 1888 Date of Artwork: 1426-1547 Photographer)

Background imageRose Window Collection: Neo-gothic basilica of Sainte Clotide in Paris

Neo-gothic basilica of Sainte Clotide in Paris
3566460 Neo-gothic basilica of Sainte Clotide in Paris.; (add.info.: Paris, France 1860-1880 ca. Date of Artwork: 1856 Photographer: Rive, Robert); Alinari Archives, Florence

Background imageRose Window Collection: The parish church of Argegno on Lake Como

The parish church of Argegno on Lake Como
3562975 The parish church of Argegno on Lake Como by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: Argegno 1900-1905 Photographer: Unidentified Author); Alinari Archives, Florence

Background imageRose Window Collection: View of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris

View of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris
3561055 View of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: Paris, France 1900-1910 Date of Artwork: 1163 - 1250, 1638, 1771 - 1789)

Background imageRose Window Collection: View of the West facade, begun 1258 completed c.1303 (photo)

View of the West facade, begun 1258 completed c.1303 (photo)
XJL88954 View of the West facade, begun 1258 completed c.1303 (photo); Leon Cathedral, Leon, Spain; (add.info.: La Torre del Reloj SW tower;)

Background imageRose Window Collection: View of the cathedral from the north showing the St. Christopher Portal

View of the cathedral from the north showing the St. Christopher Portal, early 15th - mid 16th century (photo)
XJL88968 View of the cathedral from the north showing the St. Christopher Portal, early 15th - mid 16th century (photo); Cathedral of S. Maria de la Asuncion, Seville, Spain

Background imageRose Window Collection: Interior view of the nave looking towards the West end, 15th century (photo)

Interior view of the nave looking towards the West end, 15th century (photo)
PWI94927 Interior view of the nave looking towards the West end, 15th century (photo); Cathedral of Notre Dame, Reims, France; © Peter Willi

Background imageRose Window Collection: Nos regions Devastees; Interieur de l'eglise de Maurupt (Marne), 1914. Creator: Unknown

Nos regions Devastees; Interieur de l'eglise de Maurupt (Marne), 1914. Creator: Unknown
Nos regions Devastees; Interieur de l'eglise de Maurupt (Marne), 1914. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919: Volume I". [L'Illustration, Paris, 1926]

Background imageRose Window Collection: Les destructions de monuments a Reims; Premier etage de l'Hotel-Dieu de Reims, 1916

Les destructions de monuments a Reims; Premier etage de l'Hotel-Dieu de Reims, 1916. Creator: Unknown
Les destructions de monuments a Venise et a Reims; Premier etage de l'Hotel-Dieu vu de l'arrivee du grand escalier: au fond

Background imageRose Window Collection: The International Exhibition: design for the east window of St. George's Church... 1862

The International Exhibition: design for the east window of St. George's Church... 1862. Creator: Unknown
The International Exhibition: design for the east window of St. George's Church, Doncaster, by Hardman and Co. of Birmingham, 1862

Background imageRose Window Collection: South Rose Window, Jesus and Disciples stained glass, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

South Rose Window, Jesus and Disciples stained glass, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France. Notre Dame was built between 1163 and 1250 AD

Background imageRose Window Collection: Santa Ana Cathedral at night, Plaza de Santa Ana, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Santa Ana Cathedral at night, Plaza de Santa Ana, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, Atlantic, Europe




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The mesmerizing beauty of rose windows can be found in various medieval cathedrals across Europe. One such masterpiece is the stunning rose window located in the North Transept of Chartres Cathedral, France. This intricate stained glass marvel depicts biblical scenes with vibrant colors that illuminate the interior. Not far from there, in Paris, stands Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, home to a majestic master organ and another captivating rose window. The delicate details and harmonious blend of colors create an ethereal atmosphere within this iconic place of worship. Moving eastwards to Reims Notre Dame Cathedral, we encounter an 18th-century rose window dedicated to Mary. Its radiant design pays homage to the divine mother figure and adds a touch of grace to this sacred space. Venturing further into Europe's diverse architectural heritage, we find ourselves at Notre-Dame-des-Carmes church in Pont-l'Abbe, where yet another enchanting rose window captivates visitors with its intricate patterns and kaleidoscope-like effect. Traveling southward brings us to Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona, Catalonia. This Catalan Gothic church boasts a resplendent rose window that bathes its interior with a celestial glow - a testament to human ingenuity and devotion. Across the sea lies Elgin Cathedral nestled amidst Scotland's Highlands. Here stands yet another remarkable example of craftsmanship - a breathtaking rose window that transports visitors back through time as they admire its grandeur against the backdrop of jagged mountains. Eugene Viollet-le-Duc played an instrumental role in restoring many cathedrals during his time as an architect. His plan for Notre Dame showcases spires intended to crown its towers – envisioning how this architectural gem might have looked originally before restoration efforts began. In London's Southwark neighborhood rests Winchester Palace with its Medieval Rose Window serving as a reminder of England's rich history and artistic prowess throughout centuries past. As night falls upon Strasbourg, the Cathedral Notre-Dame stands tall, illuminated by the moonlight.