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.
Stories represented in the window
One Cup or Two
The Evil Butcher
The Deceitful Borrower combined with The Guardian
How Nicholas Became a Bishop
Story of the Dowries
Nicholas’ Birth & Infancy Stories
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