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New! Life and Miracles of Saint Nicholas
Chartres Cathedral, France

Chartres is said to have one of the most complete collections of medieval stained glass in the world. There are two large windows telling the story of Saint Nicolas. This one is from the early 13th century with the five lower replacement panes from 1924. The other medieval window is in the nave. The glass escaped harm during the 16th century religious wars. During World War II it was safe-guarded by being removed and stored in the surrounding countryside. Following the war it was reinstalled. The window is shown in sections; the story links will bring up larger images of the scenes. These panels are in the south choir, bay 14. It is behind a gate in the small "Confessors' Chapel," the second in the south ambulatory. (The chapel was formerly known as the "Chapel of Saint Nicolas" because of his popularity and the central placement of the window.

Click the text to see larger images of each scene; links to stories are at the bottom of the page.

St Nicolas stained glass







Child falls into sea with golden cup



St Nicholas resuscitates youths



Three youths enter inn







St Nicholas returns child to parents






Innkeeper murders youths

St Nicolas stained glass



Dishonest borrower crushed by cart


Jewish lender baptized




A Jewish man lends money



Cheated lender strikes St Nicholas statue






Borrower dishonestly swears on St Nicholas statue

St Nicolas stained glass


St Nicholas' coming blesses Myra



Nicholas consecrated bishop



Nicholas led into into church


Wheat unloaded to relieveMyra's famine







Nicholas prays before altar

St Nicolas stained glass


Nicholas comes to church to pray



Dowry money for the three maidens




Infant Nicholas refuses breast


Clergy looking for Nicholas








Nicolas at school

St Nicolas stained glass



Nicholas birth




Lower panels given in 1924






First bath








Stories represented in the window

Photos by Micheletb, from Wikipedia. Used under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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