• Medieval Rose Window of the North Transept of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France- Circa 1235. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 10.5m rose window is dedicated to the Virgin Mary . The central oculus shows the Virgin and Child and is surrounded by 12 small petal-shaped windows, 4 with doves (the 'Four Gifts of the Spirit'), the rest with adoring angels carrying candlesticks. Beyond this is a ring of 12 diamond-shaped openings containing the Old Testament Kings of Judah, another ring of smaller lozenges containing the arms of France and Castille, and finally a ring of semicircles containing Old Testament Prophets holding scrolls. The presence of the arms of the French king (yellow fleurs-de-lis on a blue background) and of his mother, Blanche of Castile (yellow castles on a red background) are taken as a sign of royal patronage for this window. Beneath the rose itself are five tall lancet windows (7.5 m high) showing, in the centre, the Virgin as an infant held by her mother, St Anne - the same subject as the trumeau in the portal beneath it. Flanking this lancet are four more containing Old Testament figures. Each of these standing figures is shown symbolically triumphing over an enemy depicted in the base of the lancet beneath them - David over Saul, Aaron over Pharaoh, St Anne over Synagoga, etc
  • Medieval Rose  Window of the South Transept of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France- Circa 1225-30. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dedicated to Christ, who is shown in the central oculus, right hand raised in benediction, surrounded by adoring angels. Two outer rings of twelve circles each contain the 24 Elders of the Apocalypse, crowned and carrying phials and musical instruments. The central lancet beneath the rose shows the Virgin carrying the infant Christ. Either side of this are four lancets showing the four evangelists sitting on the shoulders of four Prophets - a rare literal illustration of the theological principle that the New Testament builds upon the Old Testament. This window was a donation of the Mauclerc family, the Counts of Dreux-Bretagne, who are depicted with their arms in the bases of the lancets
  • Medieval western rose  window of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. The western rose, made c.1215 and 12 m in diameter shows the Last Judgement - a traditional theme for west façades. A central oculus showing Christ as the Judge is surrounded by an inner ring of 12 paired roundels containing angels and the Elders of the Apocalypse and an outer ring of 12 roundels showing the dead emerging from their tombs and the angels blowing trumpets to summon them to judgement.
  • The 15th century  rose window of the cathedral of Ostuni, Puglia, South Italy.
  • The 15th century  rose window of the cathedral of Ostuni, Puglia, South Italy.
  • The 15th century  rose window of the cathedral of Ostuni, Puglia, South Italy.
  • The 15th century  rose window of the cathedral of Ostuni, Puglia, South Italy.
  • The 15th century  rose window of the cathedral of Ostuni, Puglia, South Italy.
  • The 15th century  rose window of the cathedral of Ostuni, Puglia, South Italy.
  • The 15th century  rose window of the cathedral of Ostuni, Puglia, South Italy.
  • The 15th century  rose window of the cathedral of Ostuni, Puglia, South Italy.
  • The 15th century  rose window of the cathedral of Ostuni, Puglia, South Italy.
  • Medieval Rayonnant Gothic stained glass Rose window. The Gothic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis ( Basilique Saint-Denis ) Paris, France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Medieval Rayonnant Gothic stained glass Rose window. The Gothic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis ( Basilique Saint-Denis ) Paris, France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Medieval Rayonnant Gothic stained glass Rose window. The Gothic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis ( Basilique Saint-Denis ) Paris, France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Medieval Rayonnant Gothic stained glass Rose window. The Gothic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis ( Basilique Saint-Denis ) Paris, France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Medieval Rayonnant Gothic stained glass Rose window. The Gothic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis ( Basilique Saint-Denis ) Paris, France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Medieval Rayonnant Gothic stained glass Rose window. The Gothic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis ( Basilique Saint-Denis ) Paris, France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Medieval Rose Window of the North Transept of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France- Circa 1235. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 10.5m rose window is dedicated to the Virgin Mary . The central oculus shows the Virgin and Child and is surrounded by 12 small petal-shaped windows, 4 with doves (the 'Four Gifts of the Spirit'), the rest with adoring angels carrying candlesticks. Beyond this is a ring of 12 diamond-shaped openings containing the Old Testament Kings of Judah, another ring of smaller lozenges containing the arms of France and Castille, and finally a ring of semicircles containing Old Testament Prophets holding scrolls. The presence of the arms of the French king (yellow fleurs-de-lis on a blue background) and of his mother, Blanche of Castile (yellow castles on a red background) are taken as a sign of royal patronage for this window. Beneath the rose itself are five tall lancet windows (7.5 m high) showing, in the centre, the Virgin as an infant held by her mother, St Anne - the same subject as the trumeau in the portal beneath it. Flanking this lancet are four more containing Old Testament figures. Each of these standing figures is shown symbolically triumphing over an enemy depicted in the base of the lancet beneath them - David over Saul, Aaron over Pharaoh, St Anne over Synagoga, etc
  • 13th century Rose window, sculptures and loggia on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Detail of the Romanesque sculptures and Rose Window of the main entrance of San Michele in Foro is a Roman Catholic basilica church in Lucca, Tunscany, Italy
  • Detail of the Rose window  of San Michele in Foro is a Roman Catholic basilica church in Lucca, Tunscany, Italy
  • 13th century Rose window, sculptures and loggia on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Rose window, sculptures and loggia on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Rose window, sculptures and loggia on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Rose window, sculptures and loggia on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Rose window, sculptures and loggia on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Medieval Rose  Window of the South Transept of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France- Circa 1225-30. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dedicated to Christ, who is shown in the central oculus, right hand raised in benediction, surrounded by adoring angels. Two outer rings of twelve circles each contain the 24 Elders of the Apocalypse, crowned and carrying phials and musical instruments. The central lancet beneath the rose shows the Virgin carrying the infant Christ. Either side of this are four lancets showing the four evangelists sitting on the shoulders of four Prophets - a rare literal illustration of the theological principle that the New Testament builds upon the Old Testament. This window was a donation of the Mauclerc family, the Counts of Dreux-Bretagne, who are depicted with their arms in the bases of the lancets
  • Medieval Rose  Window of the South Transept of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France- Circa 1225-30. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dedicated to Christ, who is shown in the central oculus, right hand raised in benediction, surrounded by adoring angels. Two outer rings of twelve circles each contain the 24 Elders of the Apocalypse, crowned and carrying phials and musical instruments. The central lancet beneath the rose shows the Virgin carrying the infant Christ. Either side of this are four lancets showing the four evangelists sitting on the shoulders of four Prophets - a rare literal illustration of the theological principle that the New Testament builds upon the Old Testament. This window was a donation of the Mauclerc family, the Counts of Dreux-Bretagne, who are depicted with their arms in the bases of the lancets
  • Medieval western rose  window of the Gothic Cathedral of Chartres, France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. The western rose, made c.1215 and 12 m in diameter shows the Last Judgement - a traditional theme for west façades. A central oculus showing Christ as the Judge is surrounded by an inner ring of 12 paired roundels containing angels and the Elders of the Apocalypse and an outer ring of 12 roundels showing the dead emerging from their tombs and the angels blowing trumpets to summon them to judgement.
  • Rose window of the Gothic facade of the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • Rose window of the Gothic facade of the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • Close up of the rose window built by the sculptor and architect Orcagna between 1354 and 1380 on the14th century Tuscan Gothic style facade of the Cathedral of Orvieto, designed by Maitani, Umbria, Italy
  • Close up of the rose window built by the sculptor and architect Orcagna between 1354 and 1380 on the14th century Tuscan Gothic style facade of the Cathedral of Orvieto, designed by Maitani, Umbria, Italy
  • Close up of a gable with mosaics depicting the the Virgin Mary created between 1350 and 1390 after designs by artist Cesare Nebbia and the rose window built by the sculptor and architect Orcagna between 1354 and 1380 on the14th century Tuscan Gothic style facade of the Cathedral of Orvieto, designed by Maitani, Umbria, Italy
  • Close up of the rose window built by the sculptor and architect Orcagna between 1354 and 1380 on the14th century Tuscan Gothic style facade of the Cathedral of Orvieto, designed by Maitani, Umbria, Italy
  • Detail of the rose window built by the sculptor and architect Orcagna between 1354 and 1380 on the14th century Tuscan Gothic style facade of the Cathedral of Orvieto, designed by Maitani, Umbria, Italy
  • Close up of the rose window built by the sculptor and architect Orcagna between 1354 and 1380 on the14th century Tuscan Gothic style facade of the Cathedral of Orvieto, designed by Maitani, Umbria, Italy
  • The Gothic rose window built by the sculptor and architect Orcagna between 1354 and 1380 on the14th century Tuscan Gothic style facade of the Cathedral of Orvieto, designed by Maitani, Umbria, Italy
  • Rose Window and loggia, 1206, on the Facade of the Romanesque Basilica Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Tuscania
  • Rose Window and loggia, 1206, on the Facade of the Romanesque Basilica Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Tuscania
  • Rose Window, 1206, on the Facade of the Romanesque Basilica Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Tuscania
  • Rose Window, 1206, on the Facade of the Romanesque Basilica Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Tuscania
  • Medieval Rayonnant Gothic stained glass Rose window. The Gothic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis ( Basilique Saint-Denis ) Paris, France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Medieval Rayonnant Gothic stained glass Rose window. The Gothic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis ( Basilique Saint-Denis ) Paris, France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Medieval Rayonnant Gothic stained glass Rose window. The Gothic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis ( Basilique Saint-Denis ) Paris, France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Medieval Rayonnant Gothic stained glass Rose window. The Gothic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis ( Basilique Saint-Denis ) Paris, France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Rose Window on the The Italian Gothic medieval Cathedral of Ostuni built between 1569-1495  .Ostuni, The White Town, Puglia, Italy.
  • Rose Window on the The Italian Gothic medieval Cathedral of Ostuni built between 1569-1495  .Ostuni, The White Town, Puglia, Italy.
  • Facade with ogival arched door and rose window of the Italian Gothic Cathedral of Ostuni built between 1569-1495  .Ostuni, The White Town, Puglia, Italy.
  • Facade with ogival arched door and rose window of the Italian Gothic Cathedral of Ostuni built between 1569-1495  .Ostuni, The White Town, Puglia, Italy.
  • Rose Window on the The Italian Gothic medieval Cathedral of Ostuni built between 1569-1495  .Ostuni, The White Town, Puglia, Italy.
  • Rose Window on the The Italian Gothic medieval Cathedral of Ostuni built between 1569-1495  .Ostuni, The White Town, Puglia, Italy.
  • The right door mosaic and the fine Gothic architectural detail and Rose window of  the  of the Gothic-Renaissance Duomo of Florence,  Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower; Firenza ( Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore ).  Built between 1293 & 1436. Italy
  • Theright door mosaic and the fine Gothic architectural detail and Rose window of  the  of the Gothic-Renaissance Duomo of Florence,  Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower; Firenza ( Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore ).  Built between 1293 & 1436. Italy
  • The right door mosaic and the fine Gothic architectural detail and Rose window of  the  of the Gothic-Renaissance Duomo of Florence,  Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower; Firenza ( Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore ).  Built between 1293 & 1436. Italy
  • The right door mosaic and the fine Gothic architectural detail and Rose window of  the  of the Gothic-Renaissance Duomo of Florence,  Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower; Firenza ( Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore ).  Built between 1293 & 1436. Italy
  • Romanesque Rose window of the Papal Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, ( Basilica Papale di San Francesco ) Assisi, Italy
  • Romanesque Rose window of the Papal Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, ( Basilica Papale di San Francesco ) Assisi, Italy
  • Romanesque Rose window of the Papal Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, ( Basilica Papale di San Francesco ) Assisi, Italy
  • Romanesque Rose window of the Papal Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, ( Basilica Papale di San Francesco ) Assisi, Italy
  • Romanesque Rose window of the Papal Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, ( Basilica Papale di San Francesco ) Assisi, Italy
  • Gothic doorway & Romanesque Rose window of the Papal Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, ( Basilica Papale di San Francesco ) Assisi, Italy
  • Rose window - Trapani Sicily
  • Rose window - Trapani Sicily
  • Rose window - Trapani Sicily

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