Chagall’s stained-glass windows
Zurich often basks in the dazzling Swiss sunlight, and when it is shining on the Fraumünster church in the Old Town, it brings to life a remarkable sight. The Chagall Windows are a stained-glass masterpiece created by one of the 20th century's most noted artists, Marc Chagall.
A striking sight in the sunlightIn a city where many of the best attractions are reminders of the distant medieval past, the Chagall Windows are a vibrant testament to the color and energy of modernity. Russian-born Chagall was already a renowned artist and master of stained glass windows in 1967 when he was invited to create the five new windows in the choir of Fraumünster abbey.
He came up with works of startling originality, each telling a different biblical story in vivid colors. The windows were installed in 1970. As light streams through them, the images contained within become vibrant. Reds, greens, blues and yellows shine out in an incredible testament to the artistic vision of their creator. Equally worth a look is the 9-meter-tall window on the north transept, created by Swiss painter Augusto Giacometti in 1940. Augusto also painted several stained-glass windows for the Grossmünster church on the opposite side of River Limmat, just a three-minute walk away.