Monday, November 17, 2008

Stained Glass At Fontevraud

There isn't a lot of intricate, over-the-top stained glass in the abbey. I'm not sure if this is typical of abbeys or not. I suspect it might depend on several things, including the specific taste of the people in charge, the financial state of the order, and whether the original glass was destroyed and replaced.

Clear, but blue-tinted, glass high on the church wall.

These are the only photos of the glass at Fontevraud that I took on this particular visit. And as you saw in yesterday's post, the church is brightly lit by daylight, meaning that most of the glass is like this.

A window section, again with very clear/pale colors.

Compare these windows to those in other churches, la Sainte-Chapelle in Paris for example, and you will see that the difference is rather striking.

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