From a mosque in Iran to the largest Tiffany glasswork in existence, AD rounds up the locales of the most beautiful mosaics
Posted January 30, 2018
Upon first entering St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, most visitors can’t help but do one thing: look up. This hulking Italian Renaissance church—designed in part by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini—dates back to the 16th century and boasts some of the world’s most impressive, painstakingly crafted ceiling mosaics. During construction, the church enlisted the most skilled artisans of the period for the job, resulting in a treasury of shimmering glass-tile creations that are so precisely executed that they’re often mistaken for paintings.
Many awe-inspiring examples of this centuries-old art form can be spotted outside the Vatican City walls—you just have no know where to look. From a palace turned hotel in Budapest to a historic Chicago department store, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s most stunning glass ceilings.
Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona, Spain
Shah Cheragh, Shiraz, Iran
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, Italy
Hotel d’Angleterre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tiffany Dome at Macy’s, Chicago, USA
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary