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42r (SM volume 39)


42r (SM volume 39)


(pen) the foundation of this great City was laid / upon 72 of these little Islands, though at / present it stands on a much greater number / Circumf. of the City about 6 Miles, & / 200,000 Inhabitants. / Ponte di Rialto, built of white Marble / about 95 feet long, & 24 feet high: there are / 2 rows of Shops & small houses cover'd with lead / it is founded on 10,000 Piles, & it is said / to have cost 250,000 ducats. / Church of St Marks. Over the great Gate / 4 stately horses of brass gilt, said to have / been harness'd to a chariot of the Sun, that / serv'd for an Ornament to a Triumphal / Arch, which the people of Rome erect'd for / Nero, for a victory over the Parthians, / they were carried by Constantine the Great / from Rome to Constantinople, the Venetians



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