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The vaults are under the western nave.  In these the “monuments and funeral urns are arranged like the Roman tombs in Pompeii.”  There are two concentric passages in the center, where small sounds are repeated by loud echoes.  A hand holding a torch issues from one side of Rousseau’s tomb, meaning that he is a light to the world even after death.

La Madeleine

is the third and the last of the large churches of Paris to which I can direct particular attention.  It is 328 feet long by 138 feet wide, covering over an acre of ground, and its erection cost over $2,500,000.  This structure was commenced in 1764, but the work was suspended during the revolution of 1789.  Napoleon had once directed Vignon to complete it for a Temple of Glory, but Louis XVIII. restored it to its original destination in 1815.  It is approached at each end by a flight of 28 steps, (the same number that constitute the Scala Sancta at Rome), extending along the whole length of the facade; and a Corinthian colonnade of 52 columns, each 49 feet high and five feet in diameter, surrounds it on every side.

There are scores of other churches in Paris that are interesting on account of the various styles of architecture which they represent, but I will only make mention of one more, and that on account of its terrible historical associations.  It is the church of St. Germain l’auxerrois (pron. sang jer-mang lo-zher-wa).  It was from the belfry of this church, that the signal was given for the commencement of the Massacre of St. Bartholomew, August 23rd, 1572.  Its bells tolled during the whole of that dreadful night.  This church was the theater of another outbreak on the 13th of February, 1831, when everything within the church was destroyed.

The Louvre.

The reader may form an idea of the extent of these buildings, when he reflects that the space covered and inclosed by the Old and New Louvre and the Tuileries, is upwards of sixty acres.  The court of the louvre is one of the finest in Europe, and its art galleries are among the richest in the world.  The Long Gallery alone covers nearly an acre and a quarter, being 42 feet wide and 1,322 feet long!  A person can well spend weeks or even months in the museum of the Louvre, but simply to walk through all of its brilliant galleries will require about three hours!  I cannot stop to say more than that its collections of paintings and of sculpture is probably much larger than any other in the world.

Besides what I have already described and enumerated, Paris has its Bois de Boulogne containing large botanical and zological gardens, three race courses, the longest nearly two miles in circuit, lakes and drives; also many other gardens, squares, towers, columns, &c.—­all full of beauty or interesting on account of the historical events and incidents associated with them; but I must now devote the remainder of my space to the

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