High Altar

High Altar

The High Altar is executed in pure white Carrara marble, with columns of dark green veined Polcevera and pale green French marble, and panels of warm African and pale rose Siena marble. The gilt bronze doors of the tabernacle are flanked with little shafts of rare African onyx.

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Antependium

The Antependium

The Antependium, or front of the Altar, consists of a high relief sculpture of the Last Supper, carved from one block of sanctuary marble. On each side of the High Altar in canopied niches are angels sculptured in statuary marble.

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Side altar

Side Altar

The two side altars are enriched with shafts of Polcevera green marble, and inlaid panels of pale yellow and peach blossom marbles. Above each, in a niche, stands a statue, one of Joseph and one of the Blessed Virgin.

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Altar rail and gate

Altar Rail

The Altar Rail divides the side chapel (Children’s Chapel) from the Sanctuary. It is composed of lattice panels and gates of cast and planished bronze between carved pillars of polished white Angaston marble which carry the kneeling rail.

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Chapel ceiling

Ceiling

The ceiling of the Chapel and the Varral Vault of the Sanctuary are the principal decorative features of the interior.  They are made of fibrous plaster, deeply coffered with enriched beams forming octagonal and square panels, which are relieved by scrolls and centre flowers of Roman acanthus ornament. The whole effect of the relief is heightened by colour decoration, the backgrounds being deep rose-red, lapis lazuli blue and black, with the whole of the coffering and enrichment in gold leaf. ...

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