Many of the cathedral's artistic objects had been removed to secure storage during the war, and some which could not be moved were protected within the church itself. However, the glazing of the 14th-century choir hall, the Neo-Gothic altar, a large part of the cloister, and the Holiness Chapel (Heiligtumskapelle) were irretrievably destroyed. Reconstruction and restoration took place intermittently over more than 30 years, and cost an estimated 40 million euros.
Restoration at Charlemagne’s Palatine Chapel at Aachen began relatively quickly, in 1949. By 1951, all the windows in Aachen’s so-called Glashaus (a fourteenth-century choir borrowed implicitly from Paris’ Sainte Chapelle) received new glazing in a neo-Byzantine type of expressionism, by Walter Benner, and patterned geometric designs by Anton Wendling.
INTERNATIONAL STAINED-GLASS CENTRE, CHARTRES – FRANCE
Since Medieval stained glass windows were made such a very long time ago it is hard to see the significance that they have today. But the truth is they are very relevant because of the huge impact on the brightly colored, modern glass we see today. This era in time not only introduced color into stained glass but paved the way for the later development of many of the same colors we use today.