While waiting for the audience with the Pope, Eugene continued to visit the holy places of Rome. In his diary he often expresses his awe at some of the places or at celebrations.
After leaving His Eminence, I went into Saint Peter’s where, for more than an hour, I admired the beautiful artworks in that church, which I could never get tired of seeing.
Roman Diary, 16 December 1825, EO XVII
Two days later he was back in St. Peter’s Basilica for a beatification ceremony:
This was a memorable day. I went to Saint Peter’s where Archbishop Mazio had me placed in a privileged spot, where I was able to see and hear everything marvellously. First of all, I saw the entire part of Saint Peter’s church from the confession to the far end where Saint Peter’s chair is, held up by four Doctors of the Church, two Latin and two Greek, lit up by a prodigious number of candles, for the day of the beatification of Blessed Angelo d’Acri, priest and Capuchin missionary, whose covered image was hung up at a great height, all surrounded with torches…
As he completed reading the decree, the veil covering the saint’s image was lowered and the officiating Prelate intoned the Te Deum. Then he said High Mass of the Blessed. The sung music at this mass, accompanied only by the organ, was superb
Roman Diary, 18 December 1825, EO XVII
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” Albert Einstein