¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 and was burned down in 1308. Within, it is light, and clean, and one of the most elegantly furnished churches in Rome. Its architecture is rendered stiff by its flat square ceiling, but is richly gilded and decorated with various devices after designs by Michael Angelo. The four rows of large square pillars divides the body of the church into five apartments. In niches on the two central rows are colossal statues of the twelve apostles, above those are the pictures of twelve prophets. There are five chapels on each side beyond the columns, the best of them protected by high locked gates. We entered the best one, the attendant locking the door after us-
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Richly decorated on all sides with polished marble walls in every variety of color. Eleven beautifull marble statues. A large porphyry sarcophagus of Empr Agrippa from the Pantheon Four porphyry columns fifteen inches diameter by ten feet high, and two Verde Antiques same size. Beautifullly gilded dome. And in the basement beneath, a hansome marble group of Mary holding the dead savior.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The large transept contains many large frescoes, and in the centre a high alter (canopy supported by four columns) under which the custodian showed us a couple of plain unpainted boards in a glass case said to have been used by St Peter for an alter. In one end of the transept in an alter holding the tabernacle, looking like a miniature temple, elegantly gilded and inlaid with precious stones. On each side of it are two Verde Antique columns, and beyond the latter are four, ancient, massive bronze columns gilded two by twenty feet. The walls each side are richly inlaid in colored marble, containing many devices- Among which appear very