Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Exterior restoration in progress of a transparent white and stained glass grilled window at Saint Vigor, a small royal church in Marly-le-Roi. Built from 1688-1689 at the demand of Louis XIV, it is the only rural church constructed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the king's head architect. Transparent windows provided more luminosity than did medieval stained glass windows, and thus enabled congregations to read and follow texts and psalms, which thanks to the invention of the printing press, were becoming more and more available.

un vitrail:  a stained glass window
les vitraux:  stained glass windows
le verre blanc:  transparent or plain glass

©2012 P.B. Lecron

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