by Eve Carr
June 12, 2002
When I entered St. Stephans, I was spellbound by this incredible expanse of what appeared to be totally blue windows. Stepping further into the church, and then after moving around, I saw even more intricate colors and designs.
Looking at these windows is truly a highlight of any visit to Mainz. It's incredible that Chagall was in his 90's when he undertook this project.
The church itself is definitely worth a visit, even without the Chagall windows. Founded around 990, it was originally a collegiate church but is now a parish church. In 1857, the church was seriously damaged because a nearby gun powder storage facility exploded. Also, all that remained after the destruction of World War II was the outer shell of the church. It is magnificent to see how we can overcome the scars of the past.
From journal Mainz, Germany: Historic and Hip