The Christmas Holydays in Rome

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. The first thought in Rome is of St. Peter's. We have, of course, often been there, for when there is nothing else immediately to occupy our attention, we can repair to this mighty temple, and find a subject for study which is inexhaustible. Instead, however, of vainly attempting a description?for every effort of this kind for centuries has proved that no words can give any idea of this unrivalled edifice? we would rather note down a few of the impressions left upon the mind. The way which led to it was through a series of narrow winding streets, crowded with a miserable population, deeply demoralized, and crushed to the earth by indigence. At length we reached the Castle of St. Angelo, and from this spot a broad avenue opened before us to the massive colonnades of St. Peter's. Our first view o


f the exterior by daylight disappointed us, for when seen from this point it u certainly not imposing. The faqade is allowed to be dispro- portioned to the building, and too much conceals the dome. We have since examined, in the library of the Vatican, a copy of Michael Angelo's original plan, in which this defect is avoided, and the whole front appears more grand and striking. His drawing of the faqade closely resembles the portico of the Pantheon. In the open square in front, stands an ancient obelisk, 3 which points up to heaven, tapering away as if it seemed to lose itself in the air. Caligula brought it from " old hushed Egypt" to adorn his baths, and a Pope placed it in front of St. Peter's. On each side of it is a fountain, which flings up its column of water, as if into the clouds, where it seems to pause for a moment, reflecting back the changing colors of the sky, and then falling into its porphyry basin, the thousand hues are lost in one dazzling sheet of f... --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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