I'm skipping ahead a little on this post because I came across a picture that reminded me of a wonderful moment. We were walking through the streets of Zurich when our friends turned to us and asked if we knew who Marc Chagall was ... "Of course", we answered ... But, what we didn't know was that there was a church in Zurich that had a set of stain glass windows created by Chagall when he was nearly 90 years old (In the 1970's). "Would you like to see them", they asked? Oh yes ... there was never any doubt. The windows were in a church The Fraumunster or Church of Our Lady. It was built in 874AD and not even the oldest of the churches in Zurich. This in itself is amazing.
It was everything I could have hoped for, but sadly we were not allowed to take pictures so other than this outside view, everything here is taken from the Internet. Put yourself in my place for a moment and imagine standing in front of this amazing display of talent by an artist whose heart was in every piece, illustrating his version of the wonderful stories of Christ and the Bible. There are five windows in a side chapel called the Choir, three at the end and one on each side. On my left was the Prophets window. It's colors were red and orange and the story was that of Elijah's ascent into heaven on a chariot and Jeremiah, the bearer of news. On my right was a beautiful blue window showing Moses holding the Ten Commandments. In the front are three windows the first of which was another blue window showing Jacob on his ladder wrestling with an Angel. In the center and the most prominent window was green and showed the family tree of Jesus and Christ with his arms outstretched floating upwards. The last window was in yellows showing the End of Days with an angel blowing a trumpet. It is believed that the colors themselves were symbolic, Blue and green being the colors of the earth and nature. Red and Orange being the colors of the Heavens. Chagall was known for his stain glass and for his colors. In his own words "For me a stained-glass window is a transparent partition between my heart and the heart of the world. It is something elevating and exhilarating". If you are ever blessed enough to visit Switzerland ... this is a must see!
There is more to the Fraumunster than the Chagall Windows ... The entired church is an assemblage of art and history. It was a very spiritual expericance.
Frescos by Paul Bodner
Swiss Artist Augusto Giacometti Stained Glass Window
This was among the many highlights of our trip to Switzerland ... I have so many more to share with you that this will probably go on into 2015 ... I fear I am neglecting my local pictures which I will try to work in from time to time. My wish for all of you is that you have the opportunity to experience new places and wonderful people in your life time. Happy OWT!
The majority of the information above was gleaned from
Literary Places on the Internet. No auther was noted.