¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 A few rods to the left in front of the Duomo stands the sharp domed Baptistery now about 600 years old, built entirely of fine marble about 180 ft high, circular, entirely surrounded by two rows of columns and elaborate carvings-
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 In the centre stands a large marble Baptismal cistern surrounded by steps, and beside it a pulpit ornamented by relief carvings of much merit considering their age.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Our guide was to demonstrate the famous echo, but could not make the necessary noise, because a priest had just begun the ceremony of baptising [sic] an infant just born, before its nurse and two or there attendants, we approached and listened, pittying [sic] the poor child that was getting rubbed, pinched, flopped over, during the revolutions of the priest who kept his tongue running so rapidly as to be almost incredible, hurring [sic] every thing indecently, or unfeelingly as a country clerk would administer the ordinary oath. But before he had quite finished another babe party entered with a Priest and began at the door. Before he had gone the rounds a third came, all within half an hour, all less than a day old, rather prolific. Then we were permitted to partly close the door, and under the centre of the dome listen to the wonderful echo. The guide who evidently is skilled, xxxx, gives a loud sweet tone, then two or