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Here is a photo of a beautiful Gothic windows of the west front of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Metz . Metz Cathedral nicknamed " The Lord's Lantern " is not only the cathedral of France having the largest glazed area , around 6,500 m2, but also the one with the largest Gothic windows of Europe.


According to Wikipedia:

"Western canopy Metz Cathedral occupies the top of the facade of the Cathedral of Saint -Étienne de Metz two-thirds above the main gate. Comprising a large rosette and berries lanceolate, it was created in 1384 by the master glassmaker Hermann Münster ( c.1330 -1392 ) .

The canopy once occupied the entire height of the western facade of the cathedral like the windows of the transept , but the bottom was blocked in the eighteenth century for the construction of the first large gate .

The canopy has monumental proportions. High of twenty-eight meters, it is thirteen meters wide . Rose window is the type of the " Rota ", a pink radial composition of eleven meters in diameter. Its lobed eye is surrounded by sixteen quarters trefoil at the forefront of eight and eight alternating quatrefoil trilobes second. A wedge to five openings complete the eardrum. Under the rose , four and seven quatrefoil spandrels provide the junction with the upper register consists of eight trefoil lancets . The lower register has eight lanceolate lancets . The barlotières used are orthogonal type common assembly from the twelfth century.

The iconographic program is consistent. It grows around the concordance between the articles of the Apostles' Creed and prefigured in the Old Testament. The eye of the rose has a white star and gold with eight branches on a blue background, surrounded by four red lobes. Each district has five pink concentric circles of stars and two golden lilies stylized towards the center giving a centripetal dynamic effect to the composition. Small compartments decorated with stars separating trilobes red background and quatrefoil blue background. These contain sixteen angels represented at the waist and turned toward the center in circular medallions. Their hair is blond , white wings and gold, and gold or blue halos . Angels of quatrefoil keep the book of the Gospels . All up a hand to the Crucifixion of higher wedge ... "

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