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44v (SM volume 39)


44v (SM volume 39)


(pen) in the Vatican, S. Paul, St Mary the greater / S. Lawrence without the walls, S. Sebastian, & / the holy cross of Jerusalem. / St Peters stands in the same place where / Constantine the Great erect'd a Church in 324, / out of the Materials of the Circus built by / Caligula & Nero - this Building decaying / Pope Nicholas 5th intended to rebuild it / from the ground wc his death prevented; Julius / the 2d begun it according to the Plan of / Bramante Lazari & continued by Michael / Angelo &c - the length on the outside, includ. / the Portico is 722 English feet; without the / Portico or the thickness of the Walls 594 feet. / Breadth from North to South in the clear 438' / with the walls 490' - the breadth of the Body of / the Church is 86':8 - the ht of the body 144' / diamr of the dome within 143' - the breadth / of the front is 400' - the ht from the Pavemt to



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