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2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 various jewels are on the breast and over it hangs a magnificent cross about six inches high holding nine to ten Emeralds worth half million Francs.   And over the head hangs a jewelled crown. The ceiling of this small arched chapel is entirely bronze covered with fine relief of the saints life, the whole room valued at eight hundred thousand dollars.   Without further examination of the crypt we ascend to the wonders of the first floor.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 There are several stained glass windows, the best of which, are above the five front doorways, splendid. but the largest are the three windows in the rear, each window contained 125 lights, costing $40 each and about half the size of an ordinary dwelling sash. A large window in the nave is 400 years old and about as good as the rest.   One of the marble side alters is 900 years old. The nave is 280 ft high so that the frescoed ceilings look like bas relief.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The columns which support the arches, and their hundreds of thousands of tons, of marble above,   measure about eleven feet diameter at the base, fluted 75 ft high- But I cant give all the details of this great interior with its alters, statuary and paintings.   One of the alters [sic] contains a crucified Jesus with black whiskers- Up the narrow stone steps in one corner of the right hand wing (the whole church is in the shape of a Latin cross) on to the first roof where the wonderful architecture may ^be ^ studied,   statues which from below were a mere spec are now found to be colossal.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 We no longer wonder at its great cost, workmen are scattered over the great building, doing less work than a Cleveland

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