Saturday, October 28, 2017

Famous and Fascinating Stained Glass Windows through the years Part 6, New Caledonia

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Here we are again with more fantastic stained glass!

Grande Terre (New Caledonia)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A satellite photo of the island taken by Terra/MODIS (24 September 2012).
Grande Terre is the largest and principal island of New Caledonia.
British explorer James Cook sighted Grande Terre in 1774 and named it "New Caledonia", Caledonia being a Latin name for parts of northern Scotland. Eventually, the name "New Caledonia" became applied to Grande Terre and its surrounding islands.
The largest settlement on Grande Terre is Nouméa, the capital city of New Caledonia. Locals refer to Grand Terre as "Le Caillou", the rock.[1]
Grande Terre is oriented northwest-to-southeast; its area is 16,372 square kilometres (6,321 square miles). It is 350 kilometres (220 miles) in length and 50–70 km (30–40 mi) wide in most places. A mountain range runs the length of the island, with five peaks over 1,500 metres (4,900 feet). The highest point is Mont Panié at 1,628 m (5,341 ft) elevation.
The landing on New Caledonia
New Caledonia, Northern Grande Terre Island, Balade. Stained glass window commemorating the killing of Brother Blaise Marmoiton by natives (7/19/1847) in the Church of St. Denis.

Pictures from the church St. Denis on the island of Caledonia.

Stained glass tells the stories from years ago, which are intriguing and beautiful!

That's all for now!  May sunshine fill your day!

*pictures, courtesy of Alamy

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Famous and Fascinating Stained Glass Windows through the years Part 5, Lithuania

This beautiful Stained Glass piece "Lithuania" by Vytautas Švarlys that decorates the Culture Centre of Birštonas is one of the largest stained glasses in Lithuania. The stained glass "Gintarinė Lietuvos šviesa" (Amber Light of Lithuania), created in 1980, has been for a long time called "The Soviet Lithuania" because of the Soviet ideology prevalence, although the author claimed that there were no Soviet symbols and signs in it. After the restoration works in 2001, the title of the stained glass was shortened and now it bears the title "Lithuania".

The stained glass depicts the historical period of Lithuania, from the Grand Duke of Lithuania Mindaugas and Vytautas the Great to the fights for the freedom of Lithuania,  achievements in art, culture, and science. One big surface of the stained glass portrays a historic period with a variety of colors, each time capturing viewers’ attention with new lights and shades during festivals and other events. The stained glass has been registered in the Register of Cultural Properties under unique code 15340.

That's all for now!  May your day be filled with sunshine!