Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo was originally built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian but was later transformed into a big castle where popes could seek refuge at turbulent times. Castel Sant'Angelo has undergone several changes based on the different purposes that it served throughout history. First it was used as a mausoleum and then it became part of the city wall. Later on it was turned into a fortress before being used a papal residence. After this Castel Sant'Angelo was used as barracks and as a prison.  

Today Castel Sant'Angeloit is a national museum. The museum is richin history and it contains the remains of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and thoseof his successors up to the emperor Caracalla.

Castel Sant'Angelo is located on the rightside of the Tiber and its construction startedin 130 AD and was completed in 139 AD, during the reign of Emperor AntoniusPius who was Hadrian’s successor. At the time which the Castel Sant Angelo was constructedit was the tallest building in Rome, Italy. The Castel is comprised of a square 89 m wide base on acylindrical colonnaded drum with a diameter of 64 m. The mausoleum wasconnected to the Vatican Cityby a bridge (Pons Aelius). Today the passageway that connects Castel SantAngelo and the Vaticanstill exists. This bridge is presently known as the Ponte Sant Angelo.

 

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