Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Rose Window of Notre Dame

When you walk into the Notre Dame cathedral and look up and to the left, you will see a beautiful, complex, and old work of stained glass. The window is of the Gothic style, and set the pattern for many other rose windows. The window was completed around 1225, and has remained mostly unchanged since that time. The central image is of the Virgin Mary and an infant Christ, surrounded on all sides by prophets and saints. It is thought to be a depiction of the Last Judgment, a Christian belief that one day God will judge the people of all nations and a new world will be created.

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