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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Feb Rome 650

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 “Vatican”

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 St Peters as now seen was begun in AD 1450 (on the site of one founded by Empr Constantine in the ground which was formerly Neros circus, and over the spot where St Peter was buried, said to have been elegantly furnished-) and Emperors Popes and architects have been altering and amending it ever since. In 1800 the building expenses amounted to forty seven million dollars, and the annual expenses are said to be thirty thousand dollars-

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The length of the Piazza from the portico is ten hundred and thirty four feet, width five hundred and eighty eight feet-

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Length of the church is six hundred and thirteen feet, width three hundred and fifty seven feet in front, not counting the arms of the cross, covering two hundred thousand square feet of ground nearly double the size of any other church in Europe. The great Cathedral at Milan covers less than one hundred and eleven thousand square feet. Spire 428 ft The church contains forty six alters [sic], but I am ahead. I have not yet entered the Vestibule

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 There are five large doors leading into a vestibule which extends the whole width of the front large enough to hold three or four Cleveland churches. High arched ceiling heavily stuccoed [sic] and streaked with yellow paint and large iron gateways open out at each end of the Vestibule- Five large doors lead thence into the nave by pushing aside very heavily stuffed leather screens hung at the top, where I am at once charmed with the magnificence before me. Such immensity of design, such elaboration of polished marble covering everything from floor to spire. So bright, clean, light and cheerfull-

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 The grand cathedrals of Milan, Cologne, Prague, +c loose [sic] much of their effect by their darkness, dampness, coldness, and blackening surfaces

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