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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

 

 

Angel

 

 


First bath

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angel

Stories represented in the window

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

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