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2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 and twenty feet high. It was formerly surmounted by a statue of Trajan but has been despoiled and St Peters substituted. This floor is about fifteen feet below the streets-

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The rows of broken columns, polished gray granite, are very interesting. Some of them are smooth on top showing them to have been in sections, but the greater number are clearly broken- generally about three feet in diameter- One piece of column laying on its side near Trajans column is broken at both ends and is about five feet in diameter- One single shaft about thirty feet high is yet standing- It is a great mystery to me what should have broken all of these strong granite columns-

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The bases were made of softer stone and are giving way-

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 I never tire of visiting this wreck and of wondering what stormy vicicitudes [sic] it doubtless has witnessed-

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 It was designed by the architect Appolodorus [sic] of Damascus in A.D. 111-

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 On the left beyond is the church of Sante Maria de Loreto” built three hundred and sixty years ago, which is under going extensive repairs, but through the labyrinth of scaffolding extending to the dome I caught glimpses of rich frescoes, heavily gilded stucco work and graceful architecture.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 On the right is a larger church similar in style, which I have not entered, “del Nome di Maria” erected two hundred years ago after the liberation of Vienna from the Turks. Its brightness is the results of a restoration ten years ago-

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 Now we turn to an ancient edifice in an entirely different condition from those heretofore described, not a ruin, but a whole

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