A window is a notable hallmark of a home or building — a hint at what can be a gorgeous panoramic view once you step inside. It is important for window contractors to consider how windows will influence the overall architectural appeal of a structure right from the start of the build project. Over time, these features have evolved due to changes in trends, styles and functions.
Here is a list of well-known windows from around the world.
1. The South Rose Window – Notre Dame Cathedral
A window dedicated to the New Testament, The South Rose window exudes absolute charm and architectural grandeur that a lot of onlookers, religious and non-religious alike, have appreciated.
It is one part of the three stained glass ‘rosettes’ at Notre Dame, alongside the North Rose and West Rose windows. However, due to the rotation of the sun, The South Rose is the only window that casts a magnificent polychromatic illumination down onto the transept of Notre Dame. It remains one of the few stained-glass windows in European Cathedrals to still retain most of its original glass.
2. England’s Smallest Window – The George Hotel
The George Hotel in Hull dates back to 1683 and one of the city’s oldest surviving public buildings. It is home to what is considered to be the smallest window in England. The window is about 10″ x 1″ and is said to be used as a peephole by a designated porter who would sit and keep a watchful eye for any exhausted travelers in need of a place to rest.
3. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom – China
According to the Guinness World Record, The Whale Shark Exhibit tank at the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, Hengqin is believed to be the world’s largest aquarium window. The groundbreaking acrylic panel is welded seamlessly using pioneering technology to create an aquarium window measuring 39.6 m by 8.3 m. It continues to be an inspiration for leading window contractors of modern times.
4. The Pope’s Window – Rome
The Papal Apartments have been the official residence of the Pope during his religious tenure since the 17th century. The Pope can be seen looking out the window every Sunday at noon, delivering a short oration followed by the Angelus prayer and Apostolic blessings to the spectators gathered below.
5. Institute for Sound and Vision – Netherlands
The Institute for Sound and Vision was established in 1997. It aims to preserve the Dutch audiovisual heritage and make it accessible to the general public. Over 750,000 hours of music, radio, television and film are housed in its walls, making the collection one of the largest audiovisual archives in Europe.
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