The courtyard of the Sanctuary is what people first see when they enter the Sanctuary. Sheets of ice cover the walls, but despite the icy blue appearance of the courtyard, the temperature is rather warm. There is a fountain at the center of the courtyard. There are also a few ice sculptures. On the opposite side of the courtyard there are three staircases. Two of the stair cases curve to the east and the west to two different wings. The third staircase leads straight up to the third floor.