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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 633 Rome

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 entirely of polished marble without plaster paint or stucco, white pilasters and borders with colored marble pannels [sic], inlayings and trimmings of alabaster, malachite, Lapis Lazuli,Verde antique +c. Half and three quarter columns of egyptian marble.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Turning to the left we enter (one after the other by doors opening into the transept) three small chapels which bulge out of that side towards the tower- The first is St Stephens containing large paintings of the stoning of Stephen, Council of the high priests, +c The next one is the chapel of St Gregory with painting statuary and alters [sic]- The third, quite empty excepting the colossal sitting marble statue of Pope Gregory, with an immense seal ring on his extended finger-

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Turning to the right into the “nave”, the largest room, we find under the triumphal arch which separates the two rooms a magnificent “high-alter” [sic], supported by four columns, each column a solid block of beautiful alabaster about twenty five feet high by about thirty inches diameter, resting on pedestals, the four sides of which (each of them) have a pannel [sic] of Lapis Lasuli [sic] about eighteen by twenty inches square surrounded by a border of malachite about seven inches wide.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 In front of the high alter [sic] is a railing projecting into the nave, surrounding a an elegant flight of stairs leading down to the tombs where, it is said, are buried halves of the bodies of St Peter and St Paul. This railing and stairway support twenty eight lighted lamps-

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Under each end of the grand arch is an immense granite column, single blocks, from the simplon about thirty five feet high and five feet diameter. The triumphal arch is

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