Mary Chapel, Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

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The Mary Chapel at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is easily one of the most unique interiors I have entered.  It really is the back stage of the exterior facing shrine, and the architect made use with what he was given.

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Strange, curving walls with the Aurora Borealis shining, with a shiny column in aquamarine that is the exterior of the alcove where the statue of the Madonna and Christ stand, dominate the space.

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The space is very difficult to photograph because there is not really any central space; the room is crescent in shape.

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At first glance, it looks as if the Aurora Borealis is backlit, but in reality I believe it is silver with light reflecting in through the windows.

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What appears to be dark stone on the exterior, as I suspected, is actually broken up pieces of stained glass; it creates a truly beautiful mosaic of light.

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