¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 but here the marbles are polished brightly, the floor clean, the room very light and warm, the first large church in which we could feel comfortable as, us men must always “off hats”-
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Many people at first are disappointed in their high expectations of dimensions. The excellent proportion of everything at first deceives but a steady look and comparison with the moving people soon bring out the facts.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The body of the church is cut up into three apartments by two rows of immense supporting columns, the base of each column being nearly fifty feet wide, eight of them before reaching the arms of the cross.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 In the marble floor not far from the central entrance is a round slab of porphyry about eight feet in diameter on which Emperors were formerly crowned. On the bases, sides and tops of those great pillars are polished marble cupids, angels, saints, +c which at first, look small, but upon closer inspection are found to be colossal-
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 In front of the farther pillar on the right, under a canopy, sits a bronze statue as black as a Negro, up so that the feet are about the highth of my chin, probably a pagan statue of Jupiter but now called St Peter and the devotees with their kisses have worn away the right foot nearly one half, that is, on the top, as it is about as long as ever, and now resembles polished steel-
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While I stood by it an old woman lifted up her child to kiss it, then gave it two kisses herself. Alas! The dark spirit of idolatry broods still over christianity even in this bright and elegant spot but is the pagan branch of christianity-