It had a red brick facade, an ornate balustrade, and sat framed by sculpted symmetrical hedges.
Ornate and impeccably furnished, the hallways contained paintings Langdon was certain any museum worldwide would gladly have featured in its main gallery.
An ornate hallway.
Langdon could see that the top sheet was an ornate pen and ink cover sheet with the title, the date, and Galileo’s name in his own hand.
He studied the ornate hand etching of the cover, his vision blurring in the lack of humidity.
He motioned to a particularly ornate funerary across the dome and to the left.
Langdon didn’t know whether it was the docent’s words or the ornate tombs around them that brought the revelation to mind, but it didn’t matter.
When churches honored their most distinguished members with ornate tombs inside the sanctuary, surviving family members often demanded the family be buried together …. thus ensuring they too would have a coveted burial spot inside the church.
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The hotel is decorated with ornate furniture, lots of carved designs, and gold leaf gilding.