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45v (SM volume 39)


45v (SM volume 39)


(pen) The Church of S. Maria Maggiore is / esteem'd the most beautiful in Rome; the / body of it is supported by marble Pillars / of the Ionic Order, the roof gilt (flat) & the / walls adorn'd with Mosaic - The frontispiece / on the side of the Tribune was built by / Cavalier Rinaldi. - The Chapels of Sixtina / & Paulina are very magnificent, the back / of the latter is one entire piece of Lapis / Lazuli 16' by 12' with a space in the middle / containing a picture of the bless'd Virgin / painted by St Luke - The buildg & ornamg / the chapel of Sixtina is said to have / cost 800,000 Crowns / The Church of St Paul was built by / Constantine; it is in the form of a cross / 780 feet long - 260' in breadth; supported by 4 / rows of marble Pillars to the number of 100 / taken from the Baths of Antoninus, one half of



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