41.5 million pieces of glass

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41.5 million pieces of glass
3 months ago

I took a tour of The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (IX), St. Louis, MO. It's one of the largest collections of mosaic in the world: 41.5 million glass tessare employing 7000 colors. At 83,000 sq, ft. there isn't a drop of paint in the place; all marble, mosaics and some wood. The gold tiles, and there are a LOT of them, are real gold sandwiched between glass layers.

My wife and I were taking a lead tour so I had little time to set up my shots. Also the lighting was very poor. I did the best I could with a monopod. For the most part, flash pictures didn't come out well - too many shiny surfaces. The images I offer here don't do the place justice. It is breath taking to be there. See the full set of pictures at

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7506971407/albums/basilica-of-st-louis

BTW, tiles were deliberately set at various angles by the artists to create the "glitter" effect, sometimes appearing as burnt pixels in the photos.

Bill

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