This stained glass is in the ceiling of the Chateau-style railway station in Quebec City. Look carefully at the map!
"Curiously, the map of the continent is depicted with east and west reversed. It is generally thought that this was done so that the sun shining through the window would cast a correct map of Canada in shadow on the once mirrorlike floor. The official explanation is that it was simply a mistake, however."
What a beautiful stained glass window in the ceiling of a railway station! I zoomed it in and noticed the mistake of the map. Looks strange - the Pacific Coast in the East and Florida and the Atlantic Coast in the West! It's a great shot, Marilyn! Cheers, Anne
I like old buildings ceilings, like this or this (Royal Bank of Canada on St. Jacques Street, Montreal). They're often beautiful. But few have such an interesting history. Thanks for sharing, Marilyn.
Thank you, Anne and Stéphane. And thanks, Stéphane, for the links. Cheers, Marilyn
Thank you, Mira. I don't know, but I suspect there is some protective covering over it that keeps the window from getting strong enough light to project the map onto the floor. I certainly didn't notice it there!
I like photos of glass (I was a glass decorator for many years). I suspect that the glaziers installed the panel with the external face on the inside by error. In those days they may not have even seen a map before. Some of my work has suffered a similar indignity!
Skida, I'm sorry to hear that other mistakes like this do happen! Yes, the web site I quoted went on to say that the installers might have been unfamiliar with maps, just as you suggested!
Hi Marilyn: I like all the stained glass, but this one is very beautiful and I think if it was a mistake or not is a marvelous vitraux. The map in the middle is really interesting and I think it was made in this way to give these effects of shadow on the floor, but now is a mistery for us....Marilyn, excuse me for my English. Greetings, Paty.
Many thanks, Paty. I am always glad to hear from you and you express yourself very well in English. Greetings, Marilyn
I appreciate your Gare du Palais window Marilyn because I have hobby of stained and painted glass.
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Thanks for your comment, Marilyn. I have done only a very small amount of stained glass work--just enough to appreciate how fascinating it can be.
The explanation that I was given many years ago is this: It was a mistake. The workers were ABOVE the glass as it was being lowered. They did not think how it would look viewed from below.
Thanks for your comment, David. That could certainly be the case.
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Photo taken in Vieux-Québec / Colline Parlementaire, Quebec City, QC, Canada
Misplaced? Suggest new location