¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 five hundred years ago. Its vast walls, fosses, hewn in the solid tuff stone rock subterranean passages and large cistern formerly obtained for it the reputation of impregnability which it long ago ceased to enjoy-
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 It required but a few minutes walk to reach it, but our route by carriage was very crooked and tedious through narrow filthy dark streets our Horses continually slipping in their struggles to ascend the smooth pavement, until we accomplish about half the highth [sic] when the street becomes wide, smooth, and of very gradual ascent making a wide detour to the right of a couple of miles where we enjoy a splendid panorama of the city below us- Then our road narrows again and we zig-zag for a mile and half between high stone walls until we are landed in the rear of the Fortress, from whence we walk down to the monastery, and enjoy a fine view from the balcony while the guide is absent with another party and before he returns our party has increased to twenty.
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The building is large, with an open square in the centre contain several grass plots and marble railings surrounding the tombs of the defunct Monks. Along the lower balcony facing this square the guide shows us the small apertures through the walls to feed the monks who have retired into cells to do pennance [sic]. But the greatest object of interest and the only one which we stop to inspect is the interior of their church, the most elaborate specimen of work in colored marble that we have seen. The floors the walls the columns, pilasters, railings every inch of the room was gaudily