The Hidden Stained Glass Gem of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

Posted January 10th, 2017 by ssgadmin

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral’s Stained Glass Masterpiece

Pilgrims on their way to one of the most famous cathedrals in Spain, Santiago de Compostela, are a common sight, especially in the Summer. Whether from piety or a sense of adventure, each year many people in Europe begin a long pre-determined pilgrimage that ends at this mixed era gem of a church. The Santiago de Compostela we see today is very different than the humble chapel first constructed as early as 7th century. Throughout the years the there have been Romanesque, Gothic and even Baroque additions made to the structure. Additions including but not limited to a stunning stained glass window, hidden away in the rich historical church today.

Unlike many churches, there is very little stained glass in the famed Santiago Cathedral. On a small part of the interior, buried deep among the many awe-inspiring architectural features, there is an iconic and gorgeous stained glass window, depicting a holy person on a chair. It towers above the viewer in a majestic manner with no pretense of intimidation, but rather a burst of stained glass magnificence. Because of the scarcity of stained glass features, the window truly stands out and allows the viewer a refreshing change up from the abundant stone and tile work throughout. It is truly a sight to behold and reason enough for one to visit this historically rich church.

Colorado’s Stained Glass Experts

It is small snippets of history like the stained glass in the Santiago de Compostela that inspire us at Scottish Stained Glass. While our windows are more practical and suited for ubiquitous applications, our adherence to old school traditions and quality are the same. When we take on a stained glass commission, whether for home or church, we have the highest standards of techniques both traditional and modern to create a timeless work of art. If you are looking to add stained glass to your home, chapel or church, contact Scottish Stained Glass for a free consultation. Our 25 years of experience and appreciation for the intricacies of artful stained glass design make us Colorado’s stained glass expert. Our high quality stained glass windows are instant classics and will be enjoyed by your family or parishioners for years to come!

Denver’s Most Historic Stained Glass Cathedral

Posted December 27th, 2016 by ssgadmin

Beautiful stained glass in Denver, Colorado

Nestled in the heart of the Capital Hill neighborhood, no more than a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of the very modern downtown Denver, is a beautiful relic of past–Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. The spires of the cathedral rise high and stoic against the backdrop of Colfax avenue. The contrast of the almost gothic architecture is strange but interesting against the urban backdrop of the Denver city center. This gorgeous Denver landmark is well known to residents. Built from Colorado granite at the turn of the 20th century, it is truly a hallmark of Colorado craftsmanship. Interestingly enough, the church has been struck twice during its nearly hundred year tenure as one of Denver’s most prominent cathedrals but one would be want to see any evidence of damage remaining.

The most remarkable features of the cathedral are arguably the impressive stained glass windows that cover both front and sides of the massive structure. Considered some the finest in the world, there are 75 windows worthy of admiration. The windows were carefully crafted by F.X. Zettler, whose cathedral stained glass window portfolio was vast and well known. He was perhaps most well known for his one-of-a-kind glass colors and dyes. The stained glass on the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception was no easy task. It took 50 artisans to craft the windows we see today, as gorgeous now as they were a century ago. By some estimates, the transept window alone would cost over $500,000 in today’s market.

Scottish Stained Glass: Denver’s Stained Glass Experts

At Scottish Stained Glass we have appreciation and respect for beautiful works of stained glass windows in Denver and around the world. We create and repair stained glass on churches, cathedrals, chapels, homes and businesses alike, always with the utmost of care and respect for the historical value. Keeping your stained glass in good repair is the key to longevity. Once restored, stained glass can go another 80-100 years before needing to be serviced again. If you have stained glass windows and would like to find out more about stained glass care or schedule a free consultation for repair, contact us today!

Great Churches of the World: Sainte-Chapelle

Posted December 4th, 2016 by ssgadmin
sainte chapelle stained glass windows

From the 10th century to the 16th century, the most popular form of pictorial art were stained glass windows. Stained glass from this time period typically featured brilliant red, blue, and green hues, involved techniques such as flashing, and the application of paint and silver stain was incredibly common. Now this style has been mostly abandoned by modern artisans, but the windows created from this time period continue to remain awe-inspiring works of art, attracting tourists and connoisseurs from around the world.
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The World’s Largest Stained Glass Window

Posted November 16th, 2016 by ssgadmin
worlds largest stained glass window

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest stained glass window in the world resides in Justice, Illinois. The window is located in Resurrection Cemetery which is most popularly known for being the haunting site of Resurrection Mary, a hitchhiking ghost that hangs out at the cemetery’s gate. But this mausoleum is more than just a spooky tourist attraction. It’s an example of beautiful architecture that houses some of the finest art in Illinois. The building was constructed in 1969 by an architectural firm that still has offices today in Chicago and Los Angeles.
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Finish Your Basement Right With Stained Glass Windows

Posted November 14th, 2016 by ssgadmin

Stained Glass Basement Windows

Windows in basements are great for allowing in a small bit of natural light and making the basement a more comfortable homey atmosphere. But let’s face it, the view from a basement window is never all that great. Nobody wants to look out of a window, basement or otherwise, and get a view of a concrete window well or a ground level view of their own yard. This is especially true if you have taken the time to refinish your basement and are trying to make it that much more of a livable space. A solution to ugly basement window views is the addition of stained glass. Without a doubt the best way to add to the decor of your refinished basement while at the same time blocking unsightly window wells is a custom designed, custom fit, stained glass windows for your basement.

Scottish Stained Glass: The Basement Stained Glass Expert

Whether you have an idea in mind for your basement windows that you would like to refine or would like to have a custom design to match your basement’s decor, Scottish Stained Glass has the services you need. We offer over 600 color options to our customers and have in-house designers to help you with the design process from start to finish. We know how important it is to keep the natural light shining into your basement, so we also offer a large variety of clear textured and frosted glass as well. Scottish Stained Glass employs only the highest quality stained glass craftsmen, so your custom windows will come precision fit to your individual windows–meaning no drafts come winter. We believe in combining the old world traditions with the latest stained glass innovations, resulting in the best looking, longest lasting stained glass around. With over two decades of experience creating and installing stained glass windows, we are the best in the biz! Contact us today for a free consultation about adding that finishing touch to your basement and see the difference experience makes!

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