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Since November 1997 stained glass has found a new centre between Aachen and Mönchengladbach in the small historical town of Linnich. The German Stained Glass Museum is unique in this country and situated near the oldest stained glass workshop in Germany.

A large number of exhibits are on display in a restored former flour mill. The museum aims at showing works from earlier centuries as well as the more recent and latest tendencies in stained glass.
The present show "Stained glass from Five Centuries" has been designed as a permanent exhibition. 1400 square spread over six levels where a survey of the development of stained glass from the middle ages to the present can be seen. The show of selected exhibits is limited in time and will be changed annually. A whole level gives insight into the making of mouth-blown glass panes, and during the conducted tours visitors can try their hand at cutting glass or lead cames.

In addition to the presentation of the technique the exhibition emphasises three subjects. It shows selected stained glass from the middle ages, works from the 19th and early 20th century and contemporary works. "Kabinettscheiben" ( stained glass for profane purposes ) from the late 15th and early 16th century document the development of the sophisticated way of life of wealthy citizens when stained glass was first used to decorate private homes.

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