France, Piedmont, Italy, Lombardy, the Tyrol, and Bavaria; An Autumnal Tour Volume 1

France, Piedmont, Italy, Lombardy, the Tyrol, and Bavaria; An Autumnal Tour Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...the same family, the Boccanegra, was also elected here the first Doge of Genoa, by the voices of the people. The Church of St. Matthew was built in 1278. Its exterior is most unpromising, with its alternate layers of black and white marble, in horizontal stripes, a most barbarous taste; but it is interesting as being the Church of the Doria family, one of the most celebrated in Genoese history. Inscriptions and banners record the victories obtained by the Genoese over the Venetians, when Lamba Doria commanded the former, and Andrea Dandolo the latter, names in their day equal in naval renown to our English Blake, and the Dutch De Ruyter, in their time. Out of ninety-six gallies of the Venetians, seventy-four were captured by the Genoese, though their whole fleet consisted of only seventysix; and no less than seven hundred and four captive Venetians were brought into the port of Genoa by their conquerors. The tomb of the great Andrea Doria, the still more celebrated admiral, is also here; and by him, or at his expence, the interior of the Church was wholly reconstructed. His sarcophagus is of white marble, and is placed in a crypt under the high altar; and there also are the sword and velvet robe of honour which were given to him by Pope Paul the Third. The statues in this Church are from the chisel of Montorsoli, and are beautiful works of art. The most imposing of all the Churches of Genoa, when viewed from a distance, and forming a striking feature in every view of the city, is that of the Assumption, or as it is sometimes called, Santa Maria di Carignano, from its standing on the hill of that name. It is crowned by a dome, and is often considered, in outline at least, a miniature representation of St. Peter's, at Home. This edifice too was...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236490576
  • 9781236490575