A Step from the New World to the Old, and Back Again

A Step from the New World to the Old, and Back Again

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...Diet holds its sessions, is also the residence of the foreign ministers. The city is built upon a promontory seventeen hundred feet above the level of the sea. The sides are very steep, but covered with a green sward. The houses are substantially built of stone, and rest upon arcades which form Cathedral Bridge--Fountains. 157 covered walks in front of the shops. There is here a Gothic cathedral of great beauty. The principal entrance is ornamented with reliefs of the Last Judgment and of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. Among the representations on the windows there is one which excites a smile as a poignant witticism. The Pope is grinding the four Evangelists in a mill, whence they issue in the shape of wafers which a bishop collects in a chalice. The Aar nearly surrounds the town. There is a noble bridge of granite thrown over the river and the gully through which it flows, nine hundred feet in length; the central arch is one hundred and fifty feet wide, and ninety-three feet high. Near the cathedral is a terrace built of solid masonry, one hundred and eight feet high. It is a charming promenade, particularly at sunset, when the Alps in full view are tinged with those magical roseate hues of which I have already spoken. All the ramparts are now converted into agreeable walks. The most beautiful walk is the Enghe, outside the Aarberg gate. It is an elevated terrace and looks out upon the town and country around, with the Alps in the background. The streets of Berne are well paved and cleanly. Kills of water flow through many of them. There are also numerous fountains, some with quaint ornaments. One of these, the Ogres fountain, has the figure of a giant devouring a child, while his pockets and girdle are stuck full of children, whose countenances...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236657330
  • 9781236657336