First of 3 stained glass windows looted by Russians restored to German church

The first of a set of 14th-century stained glass windows taken by the Red Army at the end of the Second World War were unveiled in eastern Germany on Saturday, three years after returning home.

The 12-metre-high windows consisting of 117 panels are believed to be one of the only surviving medieval depictions of the Bible. They were returned to Germany in 2002 by Russia's Hermitage Museum in one of the first major exchanges of looted art.

As the bells of the Marienkirche church in Frankfurt an der Oder tolled, the first fully restored window depicting the life of Christ was unveiled. Next year, a unique window showing the anti-Christ cycle is to be restored, and a final window showing Genesis is to be done by 2007.

600450 First of 3 stained glass windows looted by Russians restored to German church
Date: 31 May 2005

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