¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 forty feet in highth, as perfect as ever, eight of them in front, and as we gaze in wonder and amazement at their granduer [sic] and immensity, how did they handle them? Where did they find them? How did they get them here? +c we are stared in the face by a succession of muddy circles around them to a highth of ten or eleven feet, made by the recent inundation. Inundations undermining. Earthquakes shaking. Conflagrations devastating. Popes and Emperors despoiling the ornaments. Conquering hordes destroying. Incessant storms and frosts, all combined for nineteen centuries have fail^e^d to bring down this sturdy giant-
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Within we found a score of workmen repairing- The most of them renewing patches in the floor, polished marble and porphyry in large blocks, gracefull circles, pannels, +c- Terribly chilling- worse than a skating rink-
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In AD 610 it was consecrated as a christian [sic] church by Pope Boniface 4th as “Sante Maria ad Martyres [sic]” and under Urban 8th the two little towers or “Ass’s ears of Bernini” were added on the Portico- and the latter Pope took the bronzes for the cannon of Castle Angelo and the ornamentation of St Peters.
Within, the large niches which once contained statues of Caesar, Venus, Mars +c now contain catholic [sic] alters [sic] and chapels with an unusual amount of trumpery and superstitious furniture.
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Beside the tomb of the immortal Raphael is an alter [sic] over which stands a life-sized white marble statue of the Virgin Mary holding her Fatherless child at arms length, as a child would hold a ragdoll, in admiration. The child wears a white skirt reaching from the waist to the ankles, embroidered with silver. Each of them wear large