5 May 1949
France signs the Statute of the Council of Europe.
21 October 1956
Inauguration of the European Stained Glass Window, the "Strasbourg Madonna" in Strasbourg, France
Ceremony in Strasbourg Cathedral (France), 21 October 1956 - Inauguration of the European Memorial Window, a stained glass window produced by Max Ingrand and given to the Town of Strasbourg by the Council of Europe (in French)
Press Statement on the Inauguration of the European Memorial Window, 17 October 1956 (opens new window)
'The window of the Virgin // The central bay of the apse features a magnificent stained glass window of the Virgin Mary with outstretched arms and the infant Jesus sitting on her lap, holding a lily in one of his hands. The image was directly inspired by the banner of the city of Strasbourg. Symbolising peace and reconciliation, it was made by master glass-worker Max Ingrand and was offered to the Cathedral by the Council of Europe in 1956.'
Citation: 'Laissez-vous conter la cathédrale de Strasbourg', mission Patrimoine, Direction de la Culture, Ville et Communauté urbaine de Strasbourg.
10-11 October 1997
Second Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France)
SUM(97) PV1 & 2 - Minutes of the Second Summit (opens new window)