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Castel Sant’Angelo

The imposing Castel Sant’Angelo (Castel of the Holy Angel) is the only building that has followed the development of the city of Rome for about 2000 years, the other Roman monuments have had different destinations, some were reduced to ruins and others were used as quarries to collect materials and recycle them into new constructions.

For centuries, Castel Sant’Angelo has undergone several transformations, both from an architectural and structural point of view depending on its use: it was built in the year 123 AD as a mausoleum for e Emperor Hadrian and his family. However, Hadrian died in the year 138 AD, before the construction of the Mausoleum was completed, a year later, Antoninus Pius dedicated the tomb to him and transferred the remains of Hadrian and his wife Sabina to this fantastic monument. In 403 lost its original function and became a military fortress to defend Rome and at the beginning of the eleventh century happened to be the state prison. Years later, in the fourteenth century, after several changes of owners among the Roman noble families, Castel Sant’Angelo tied its luck to that of the popes.

The Castle Today The Castel Sant'Angelo is split into five floors which can be reached by a spiral ramp that first reaches the chamber of ashes and subsequently the cells in which a number of historical figures were incarcerated. Advancing toward the upper part of the castle you will find different rooms that functioned as a Papal residence, decorated with perfectly preserved frescoes from the Renaissance period, besides the extensive collection of weapons. In the upper floor there is a large terrace where you can take amazing photographs of the city from above.
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