Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Giovanni Finati, Native of Ferrara: Who, Under the Assumed Name of Mahomet, Made the Campaigns Against the Wahabees for the Recovery of Mecca and Medina, and Since Acted as Interpreter to European Travellers in Some of the Parts Least Visited of Asia and Africa, Volume 2

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J. Murray, 1830
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Pagina 204 - ... the centre, which was very sufficiently marked ; but the total depth of the drift that had poured down could hardly be calculated, from the proportions, at less than from fifty to sixty feet, and so much of it at the least must be removed as should enable us to clear the upper part of the opening. • We availed ourselves of such implements and contrivances as seemed adapted to facilitate the labour, and so soon as some appearances of the great architrave of a portal came to light, trunks of...
Pagina 205 - ... became visible. At that very moment, when fresh clamours and new disputes were going on with the natives, Finati, being the slenderest of the party, crept through into the interior, and was thus perhaps, as he himself remarks, the first that entered it for a thousand years. Unlike all the other grottoes in Egypt and Nubia, its atmosphere, instead of presenting a refreshing coolness, was a hot and damp...
Pagina 208 - The joint labours of taking plans and measurements, and some views, as well as sketches from historical subjects upon the walls within side, drawn by Mr. Beechey, occupied several days, after which we proceeded upon our return, and touched at most of those antiquities that have been mentioned in a former chapter, on this portion of the Nile.
Pagina 315 - ... whole ; and the exterior was thus left greatly disencumbered for travellers who might come after, as the level of the drift was lowered many feet throughout its whole extent, especially where it encroaches with the greatest weight upon the front. The inside of the temple, meanwhile, was lighted up every day, and almost all day long, with from twenty to fifty small wax candles fixed upon clusters of palm-branches, which, being attached to upright poles, spread like the arms of a chandelier more...
Pagina 290 - At every one of these several sacred spots we both knelt down, and offered a few paras. When all had been seen and examined, nothing would satisfy Mr. Bankes, but that he must have the customary certificate of his pilgrimage; we were, therefore, shown by our verger to the foot of a little narrow staircase near the door, and he following in no further, Mr. Bankes thought it a good precaution to bind up his face again as he ascended ; and it is perhaps well that he did, for in a little room over the...
Pagina 138 - ... their Epiphany ; and in the mean time we witnessed a great humiliation of their rivals, both Greek and Armenians; for both these communities had lately raised a small superstructure in their quarter of the convent, which they were peremptorily ordered by the Aga of Jerusalem to demolish immediately with their own hands, under pretext that his special permission had not been obtained for it, and soldiers were sent over to superintend this work of destruction, which was completed in the sight of...
Pagina 202 - Alluding to the scanty supply of food amidst their unremitting toil, he remarks, that " one of the expedients resorted to for driving us to desist or forcing us to terms was to starve us out of the place, and in consequence little or nothing was brought thither for sale ; it was very rare that we had any meat during all our stay, and no milk or butter latterly, so that we were frequently reduced to a meal or two of dhoura corn boiled in water, with occasionally a glass of date-brandy after it.
Pagina 290 - Hell and of Paradise, and the place where the skull of Adam was found, and where Cain killed Abel; while the great rude rock in the midst passes by tradition for that on which the angel sat who stopped the plague in the days of King David. At every one of these several sacred spots we both knelt down, and offered a few paras. When all had been seen and examined, nothing would satisfy Mr. Bankes, but that he must have the customary certificate of his pilgrimage; we were, therefore, shown by our verger...

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