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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. This class of decorative work, which was new to Adelaide, and probably to Australia, is characteristic of most of the ancient Basilicas of Rome, but the design chosen is distinct from any of them.

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