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When you enter Sainte-Chapelle, your first stop will be the chapelle basse, or lower chapel, which was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and used as a place of worship by members of the court.
Clusters of slender columns support the arches of the vaulted ceiling, which is only about 7 meters or 23 feet high.
The polychrome decorations date from Sainte-Chapelle's restoration in the 1800s, but they're based on medieval designs.
The deep blue ceiling with its fleur-de-lis patterns, and the painted columns with their gilded fleur-de-lis and Castilian castle motifs, show that Gothic architecture could be anything but cool and monochromatic.
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