¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Around this high alter [sic] are the immense buttresses (four) which support the marble dome. In them are niches holding colossal statues of St Longinus St Helena St Veronica and St Andrew- At first they appear merely heroic size, but are really sixteen feet high
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 High up, over these statues are four mosaics of Evangelists apparently life size, but the pen which St Luke holds (but little longer than his hand) is said to be seven feet long-
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The right arm of the cross is yet closed with the temporary wood partition (painted to imitate marble) which was erected to conceal the proceedings of the Ecumenical council recently inflicted upon the world and probably the last one which Pope Pius 9th will be able to convene. His recent bull against participation in the Carnival has brought him into still deeper disfavor and as he did not succeed in scaring his flock away from Victor Emanuels show he cannot consistently conduct the ceremonies of “holy-week”, and many now conjecture that he will leave Rome before Easter. We found scarcely half a dozen persons in St Peters which is quite unusual.
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There are many elaborate tombs of Popes and Emperors embellished with statuary- Beside the tombs and alters [sic] are large columns of granite or polished colored marble (chiefly the latter) over seven hundred in the whole church, which continually attracted my attention, for their magnificence, each one being a single block- The polished pannels [sic] in various colored marbles on the walls between the polished white marble