new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white

castel sant'angelo in the blue hour (rome)

The imposing cylindrical edifice that is snuggled between Vatican City and the banks of the Tiber is the known primarily as Hadrian's mausoleum. It was given the moniker of Sant'Angelo after a popular legend that stated the archangel Michael appeared miraculously above the castle to smite the plague in 590. Originally constructed to hold the remains of Hadrian and his family, the mausoleum also served as a place of rest for subsequent emperors until the city was sacked and pillaged by the Goths in the 5th and 6th Centuries. After many years of decay, the Vatican popes embellished the structure by fortifying it and adding the passetto di Borgo , a passageway that has served as an escape route for Popes fleeing for their lives and the fortress was once even used as a prison. Today, it houses the Museo Nazionale di Sant'Angelo in which visitors can visit the aforementioned clandestine pathways like the Borgo passage and the prison by written request in advance. One other highlight is the Sant'Angelo bridge that connects to the district of Ponte, it is filled with elegant statues that depict the passion, try to the find the two finished by Bernini.

6 faves
Taken on July 11, 2011