Stained Glass Windows at Heinz Chapel Pittsburgh

When out of town guests visit, it’s an opportunity to be a tourist where you live and appreciate the sights the city has to offer.  We parked and went into Heinz Chapel and I’ve been in many times. Each time you enter you think, hmmm I could be in France, the architecture and feeling of the sanctuary is remarkable.  Some of the stained glass windows are seven stories high. I learned that they were all designed by a single artist

“The chapel’s 23 windows were designed by Charles Connick and created at his Boston studio. The windows total approximately 4,000 square feet (370 m2) and contain nearly 250,000 pieces of glass. There are 391 identifiable people in the windows, a large supporting cast of anonymous individuals, and an extensive variety of flora and fauna.”

Here are a few examples of some of the windows


Isaac Newton,  John Keats, Emily Dickinson  William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln and Beethoven to name a few.





14 thoughts on “Stained Glass Windows at Heinz Chapel Pittsburgh

  1. What craftsmanship. The hues changing with the changing brightness of the sunlight is mesmerizing at least for me. The blue hues seem so peaceful. I am sure your visitors enjoyed the chapel.

  2. Stunning. My community of Faribault has some beautiful stained glass windows in our library and several local churches also. I have not seen all of them, but need to play tourist and do so. My husband recently refurbished two stained glass windows for an office addition at our church. Lots of work.

    • I would love to see your community’s windows. So wonderful your husband can do such intricate and beautiful work.
      Good of you to write.

  3. Incredible. My childhood church had a front wall of stained glass several stories high (though probably more like 3-4, certainly not 7); and I vividly recall looking up at the pieces, touching the lower ones, and reflecting on how much work it must have taken to create the wall. A labor of love, for sure.

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