Journey Through Arabia Petraea; To Mount Sinai, and the Excavated City of Petra, the Edom of the Prophecies

Journey Through Arabia Petraea; To Mount Sinai, and the Excavated City of Petra, the Edom of the Prophecies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...attract the more attention, inasmuch as it is the only building among all the edifices of the place which continues standing. The point of view from which M. Linant has sketched it appeared to me interesting, because it presents a frieze and cornice in very good taste, which may give an idea of the style.. The other details, with which the interior. of this building was overloaded, were in stucco plastered on the wall. These have been destroyed. by time. Some traces of the ornaments are discernible, but they are too imperfect to furnish the subject of a drawing.. I sketched the same temple, placing myself in front of it, so that I might represent the details of the cornice, and the dispositioniof the peristyle. A paved way, which is well preserved in many places, though in others it has yielded to the plough, extends to.some distance to the east of this temple, along the border of the brook of Wady Mousa. The Arabs have called this ruin the Palace of Pharaoh; indeed they have named the whole of the ruins of this ancient city from the generic appellations of the great kings. A large tomb to the west of this temple, not at all rich in decoration, but deeply excavated, accommodated the whole of us, and also afforded room for our baggage, which we arranged in hollows that were made in the side-walls of this sepulchral chamber. We established our kitchen in the middle. Our camels, squatted near the entrance, waited impatiently until they were turned loose to feast, after a fatiguing journey, on the rich vegetation of the valley, and especially on its abundant stream of clear water. We held a council as to the course which it would be the best to pursue. We were anxious to set out immediately, while our visit to the valley was still...
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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236992113
  • 9781236992116