Sainte Chapelle, Paris
c. 1243-1248
Lester's note:The lower chapel is relatively low and dark. In fact, too low to be spanned by a single vault like the upper chapel, the space is divided into a nave and side aisles, all vaulted at the same height. The unusual proportions of the side aisles require the horizontal struts which take the thrust of the main vault. This may well be unique in Gothic architecture. All the painting both here and in the upper chapel is from the nineteenth century.
Lester, Tulane