Stained Glass Mapparium


Photograph by Bob Sacha for National Geographic

The Mapparium is a three-story, stained glass globe of the world located at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Built in 1935, the mapparium has attracted more than 10 million visitors since. The original map was based on a Rand McNally political map of 1934 and has never been updated, serving as a snapshot of both geographic and global history.

Inspired by the famous spinning globe in the lobby of the New York Daily News building, architect Chester Lindsay Churchill was commissioned to design the Mapparium. Made of 608 stained glass panels, the Mapparium was designed to allow the countries of the world to be viewed in accurate geographical relationship to each other.

Amazing one… Especially so as I have a thing for stained-glass windows and items…

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