¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 On the side opposite to the high alter [sic] are wings surmounted by domes. Each wing is thrown into a large elegant chapel with gilded domes, polished marble walls, niches filled with statuary, three side alters in each surrounded with verde antique and porphyry columns with several good paintings. In the chapel on the left a very cheap little daub hangs closely over the chief alter [sic]. It is said to be the Virgin painted by St Luke, which I understand has been on a few occasions carried at the head of a procession with wonderful effect.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The chapel opposite to the “sixtine” a wonderfully beautiful specimen of marble work, every inch a study, the most elegant I ever saw, and such graceful architecture of arched ceilings and gilded dome inlaid with hansome frescoes- This chapel was yet unfinished, several workmen putting on the last items.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Near it on the right is another chapel expensively furnished but, so dark, before which we saw several priests kneeling. It is said to contain a piece of the holy manger but we were too late to gain admission through the iron grating- This church contains many large mosaics, some of them good- Alice says