Famous Windows From Around the World

Famous Windows From Around the World

Windows are seemingly almost an omnipresent feature of human history. Truthfully, no-one knows when the first “window” was invented. The answer to that lies primarily in one’s definitions; if windows are defined by their use of glass, then the early modern period is probably identifiable as their birthplace. If, however, an opening to permit the passage of light is enough, then we’d be guessing completely.

Here, we take a look at some of the world’s most famous windows and, for argument’s sake, we’ll apply the second definition.

The Pantheon

One of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions today, the Pantheon used to serve as a temple. Now, it remains a church and is the largest unreinforced solid concrete dome in the world. Its most identifiable feature, perhaps, is its “eye’, which lies in the centre of the dome. This relatively small hole allows a circle of light to form on the church’s floor and represents the only source of light for the building. Pantheon is Greek word meaning “honour all Gods”, and the building’s oculus, pictured below, allows its occupants to do exactly that.

A picture of the famous window in the roof of the Pantheon

The Pope’s Window

A mere 2.3 kilometres down the road from the Pantheon, the Pope’s window is located in St. Peter’s square. From here, the Pope greets and addresses pilgrims to the Vatican City on Sundays, and delivers the angelus. While the actual building surrounding the window might not be the most spectacular, it is frequently seen alongside God’s representative on earth; the amount of people to have seen it is likely unparalleled.

The pope's window in Rome, one of the most famous windows in the world

The Vostok Porthole

The window through which the human race first saw the earth from outer space, the Vostok Porthole has been through a lot. Yuri Gagarin saw the world for the first time from space during Russia and America’s “space race” in the 1960s. Although famous windows conjure up images of spectacular glass features, if we’re going by our aforementioned definition, this definitely counts. Both the amount of people who know about the “space race” and the significance of what was seen through it bring the Vostok Porthole onto our exclusive list.

A picture of the Vostok porthole


The Sainte-Chappelle is a thirteenth-century cathedral in Paris, featuring fifteen enormous, stunning stained glass windows. These famous windows are so colossal that virtually none of the cathedral’s interior is made from stone. Instead, the colourful glass makes up almost the entirety of the walls. Much of what is depicted on the windows comes from the Bible, and were made in honour of the Christian faith.

A picture of the famous windows of the Sainte-Chapelle

Nasir Al-Mulk

Moving away from Europe, the windows at Nasir Al-Mulk in Tehran are among the most spectacular in the world. Adding to the overall effect of these particular windows is the element of surprise. From the outside, the mosque does not appear particularly unusual. When inside, though, the colours from the stained glass windows create a spectacular rainbow effect. Throughout the interior, bright colours litter the corridors, pillars and walls, creating a truly breathtaking scene.

Nasir al mulk interior

Bingley Windows

We hope that our brief tour through some of the world’s most famous windows has inspired you to give your own some attention. While Bingley Windows have not (yet!) produced anything quite like the Sainte-Chappelle, we have completed a huge number of impressive projects, and provide outstanding window services to our valued customers.

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