Mary Berry in St Peter's, Rome - 18 April, 1784

from Diary of Mary Berry, 18 April 1784, page 110:

In the evening, an illumination of St. Peter’s. We went between seven and eight o'clock to the Piazza, where there was a crowd of people: it was then illuminated with lanthorns, which cast a dim steady light on every part of it; they even contrive to place them in capitals of Corinthian pillars; and when every part is thus surrounded by a line of fire, they say it looks almost like a traced drawing. About nine, upon the signal of a bell tolling, in two minutes’ time (by all our watches), the church, from the top of the cross to the end of the colonnade, was in …   more >>

cite as

Mary Berry, Diary of Mary Berry, 18 April 1784. In Lady Theresa Lewis (ed.), Extracts of the Journal and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852, volume 1 (London, 1865), p. 110. accessed: 27 May, 2024

location of experience: St Peter's, Rome


Mary Berry
Author, literary hostess, Playwright

Listening to

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a tolling bell

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 April, 1784
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:00:37 +0000
Approved on Sat, 01 Dec 2018 11:39:40 +0000