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Madonna della Salnta, Venice ......
St. Gt'nOviere, at Paris (Pantheon)
Duomo, at Sienna............
Duomo, at Milan ............
St. Vitalis, at Ravenna .........
Val de Grace, at Paris .........
San Marco, at Venice .........
The outward circle of the Dome was used as the stables for the horses of the Prince of Wales, and had a foun­tain in the centre. It was used likewise as the standing place for the carriages belonging to the establishment, and the upper circle, now termed the Balcony, was used as the dwelling place (there being a number of small rooms) for the servants and families belonging to the stable depart­ment. The whole of this has been converted by the Corporation of Brighton into a vast Assembly Room, for concerts, &c, and is capable of seating 3,500 persons, the cost of the same being nearly £8,000. (The embellish­ments and decorations of the Dome and Pavilion have been executed by Mr Tony Dury, of Warwick.) Since its appropriation a magnificent organ has been added, replete with every modern improvement, worked by hydraulic power, and built by Willis of London, at the cost of £2,500. The Dome has, likewise, fixed in the centre of the build­ing, a splendid chandelier, fitted up by Green and £on, of Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, its dimensions being as follows : viz., diameter, 16ft.; height, 30ft.; and consisting of 520 jets of gas, and its weight 1:] tons. There are several small chandeliers, likewise, around the circle. The alter­ations of this portion of the Pavilion Estate, as well as the others, have been from plans of our talented Surveyor, P. C. Lockwood, Esq., C.E., who has been indefatigable in his exertions to develope its resources, and he is now pre­paring plans for a Public Museum and Library, at a cost of £G,000, to be submitted to a Vestry Meeting for the purpose of obtaining the sanction of the inhabitants for
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