Title: Journal of the late campaign in Egypt: including descriptions of that country, and of Gibraltar, Minorca, Malta, Marmorice, and Macri; with an appendix; containing official papers and documents
Year: 1803 (1800s)
Authors: Walsh, Thomas, fl. 1801
Publisher: London T. Cadell, jun. and W. Davis
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto
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principal streets arewide and straight, well paved, and furnished withgood footpaths. The buildings are all of freestone,with which the island abounds ; and the numer-tDus superb edifices and hotels, formerly belongingto the knights of the order, give to la Valette asuperiority over any town of equal size. The twopalaces of the grand master, adjoining each other,are fine structures. Their interiour seems to havebeen very magnificent, and still retains severalmarks of splendour, though they are much injuredby dilapidation, and the greater part of the costlyfurniture has been taken away or destroyed. Thecouncil chamber is lined with the most beautifulgobelin tapestry, and the other apartments areadorned with paintings of the different actionsand valiant exploits, which occurred during thememorable siege of the island by the Turks. Ad-joining to the palace, and communicating with it,is the armoury, which was found in the best pos-ijible state on our taking possession of the place. 2S X,
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EXPEDITION TO EGYPT. 25 It contains eighteen thousand stand of fire arms,independent of a variety of swords, spears, andother ancient weapons, all of which are verytastefully and neatly arranged. The churches are extremely numerous, and allvery fine buildings. That of St. John, the patronof the order, is however far superiour to the rest.The roof is most beautifully sculptured, and adorn-ed with some good paintings. The grand altar,says Brydone, is apiece of very curious and ele-gant marble; the pavement, in particular, is therichest in the world. It is composed entirely ofsepulchral monuments (of persons belonging tothe order) of the finest marbles, porphyry, and avariety of other valuable stones, admirably joinedtogether at an incredible expense, and represent-ing, in a kind of Mosaic, the arms, insignia, &c.of the persons whose names they are intended tocommemorate. In the magnificence of these andother monuments, the heirs of the grand masters^,commanders, &c. have long vi
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