The fragile beauty of a stained glass window backed by the sunlight is compelling. Regardless of the window's theme, the eye is drawn to the brilliant colors. To me, these pieces of art are things of wonder. It amazes me that some have survived the centuries, even through times of turmoil, and have retained their beauty.
All of the windows in this post are found in Ireland. Those related to Irish history are located in Bunratty Castle, a place well worth visiting if you wish to gain a feeling for Irish history. The windows of a religious theme were stumbled upon as we exited from exploring the Dublinia museum. Once more, the joy of finding the unexpected was experienced. In both locations, I had not sought out windows to see and photograph but couldn't resist once I saw them. Beauty, artistry, and history all together- structurely just minor aspects of solid, massive buildings and so easily overlooked by visitors rushing on to the next site of interest.
One on hand, these windows were not in themselves one of the main reasons that I visitied Ireland. I was more interested in experiencing its land and people as they are today. On the other, you can't really gain a sense of place without spending time exploring its culture. The aspects of religion and family reflected by these stained glass windows were certainly important parts of that culture, ones that could not be ignored.
Thank you for visiting. I hope that you enjoyed your stay at the tavern and will come back again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.