Galignani's Traveller's Guide Through Italy, Or, A Comprehensive View of the Antiquities and Curiosities of that Classical and Interesting Country: Containing Sketches of Manners, Society, and Customs ...

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A. and W. Galignani, 1824 - Italy - 666 pages
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Page 233 - The principal churches of Rome, however different their style of building and ornament may be, are distributed in the same manner. Their aisles are generally formed by arcades: over these are sometimes grated recesses, but never open galleries. The choir terminates in a curve, which is the grand field of decoration, blazing with leaf-gold and glories.
Page 233 - the middle of the cross stands the high altar. The chapels of the Holy Sacrament and of the Virgin are usually in the transepts. Those of the Saints are ranged on the sides ; and each, being raised by a different family, has an architecture of its own at variance with the church, which thus loses its unity.
Page 225 - they exhibit the uncemented blocks of the Etruscan style, the reticular work of the Republic, the travertine preferred by the first emperors, the alternate tufo and brick employed by their successors, and that poverty of materials which marks the declining empire. The first Romans built with a prodigal solidity, which
Page 225 - and Vatican, etc. which will serve each as a point of general reference, and enable you to combine the perspective with the plan. You may then trace on foot the outlines of those hills, the successive boundaries of the ancient city, neglecting the division of the Augustan regions or the modern Rioni;
Page 644 - growing less and less as they advance higher and higher. A little boy represents the point of the pyramid, who, after a short space, leaps off with a great deal of dexterity into the arms of one that catches him at the bottom. In the same manner the whole building falls to pieces.
Page 608 - to be the unexhausted source of Venetian grandeur have both expired. Most of the patrician mansions are deserted, and would gradually disappear, had not the government, alarmed by the demolition of seventy-two during the last two years, expressly forbidden this sad resource of poverty. Many remnants of the Venetian nobility are now scattered and confounded with the wealthier Jews
Page 609 - rise As from the stroke of the enchanter's wand : A thousand years their cloudy wings expand Around me, and a dying
Page 256 - seeks in vain for that pompous display of volumes which he may have seen and admired in other libraries. Their number has never been accurately stated, some confine it to 200,000, others raise it to 400,000 and many swell it to a million. The mean is probably the most accurate.
Page 116 - Though misplaced, its form is not in itself inelegant, while its architecture and mechanism are extremely ingenious, and deserve minute examination. In ascending, the traveller will observe that the roof of the church is covered with blocks of marble, connected together by a cement that has not only its hardness and
Page 128 - Whatever fruits in different climes are found, That proudly rise, or humbly court the ground; "Whatever blooms in torrid tracts appear,

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