Quotation by Mark Twain

There is nothing here [Civita Vecchia] to see. They have not even a cathedral, with eleven tons of solid silver archbishops in the back room; and they do not show you any moldy buildings that are seven thousand years old; nor any smoke-dried old fire-screens which are chef d'oeuvres of Rubens or Simpson, or Titian or Ferguson, or any of those parties; and they haven't any bottled fragments of saints, and not even a nail from the true cross. We are going to Rome. There is nothing to see here.
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. Innocents Abroad, ch. 25, American Publishing Company (1869).
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