A last addition to this chapter is from the Balkans and with thanks to my friend, Kathy Murrell, who picked it up in Volume I of Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon. The reference is to the cathedral on the island of Rab. She writes, ‘The stage is set high above the onlookers: six steps lead up to the choir, where stalls of heraldic pomp indicate that those who sit there are the servants of a great lord, and another flight mounts to the altar, which is sheltered and magnified by a tall baldacchino. This is a part of an older church, a thousand years old, built in the time of Slav independence. It is one of the utmost elegance imaginable. Its six supporting columns are of fine cipollino marble’.19
19 West, Rebecca, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Macmillan, London, Vol I, 1943, p. 132.