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The famous ruins of the Heidelberger Schloss (Heidelberg Castle) overlook the Old Town. © Heidelberg Marketing

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“Symphony of Light” – stained-glass windows

Most of what is known about medieval stained-glass making comes from a twelfth-century German monk who called himself Theophilus. In the Middle Ages only few people were able to read. So the histories of the Holy Bible and of the legends of the saints were illustrated on the windows. There are not a lot of churches in Germany like the cathedral of Freiburg, which still have a big part of their original windows dating from the 13th up to the 16th century. Here in 35 of 65 windows filled with painted glass windows one will find 500 pieces of original glass.

The south clerestory of Augsburg cathedralcontains the oldest stained glass windows in Germany: portraits of the prophets Jonah, Daniel, Hosea, Moses and David from the late 11th or early 12th century. The interior of Rostock’s 14th century St. Mary’s church features a massive stained glass window depicting the Last Judgment. St. Stephen’s in Mainz is the only German church for which the Jewish artist Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985) created the glowing blue stained glass windows.