Bern Munster Stained glass Windows
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The unique Bern Münster dates from 1421.This former Gothic cathedral boasts the tallest spire in the country. It also shelters some important medieval art, including painted sculptures over the portal and fine stained glass windows. The first church on this site was probably a small chapel, built around the time Bern was founded (1191). Its existence is first recorded in 1224.
On March 11, 1421, master builder Matthäus Ensinger (originally from Strasbourg) began construction on a monumental new cathedral. Work continued on the Münster for over a century. It was not fully completed until 1893, when the bell tower was added. In the meantime, Bern had become Protestant and the Berner Dom (cathedral) was now the Berner Münster (collegiate church).
The stained glass windows of the cathedral are considered the most valuable in Switzerland. The windows date from 1441-1450. Many of the windows include both heraldic symbols and religious images placed side by side.