Castel Sant'Angelo

Let us a pray for a miracle!
ROME, approximately 590 AD.
The city suffered horrors from the plague, the epidemic that infested it.
Years before, in 135 AD., the Emperor Hadrian, desiring a personal and familiar mausoleum in a peripheral area of Rome, designed the construction of a castle on the right bank of the Tiber River and in front of the St. Angelo Bridge, which is adorned with 12 large statues of angels carved by Bernini. The "Hadrian's Mausoleum" was completed in 139 AD.

It turns out that while Rome had its population decimated by the plague, Pope Gregory I was waiting for a miracle... He once claimed to have seen Archangel Michael at the top of the castle, which sheathed his sword while announcing the end of the epidemic.
To celebrate this apparition, a large angel statue was carved on top of the castle, initially in marble, and after 1753 in bronze.

During the medieval period, the castle was used as a fortress by the Popes, but it was also used as a prison for some patriots at the time of the unification movements of Italy, in the nineteenth century.
From its upper terrace you have a magnificent view of the Tiber River, the city buildings, and the upper dome of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
The castle is currently a museum, with several wings, and sections that can be visited, from frescoes to the furniture of the time that, even if they are not original, give us an idea of the style of the old wings, such as the private apartment of Paolo III to the historical prisons.

Did you know?
Pope Orsini, Nicolo III, ordered the construction of the "Passeto Di Borgo", a secret path linking Castel Sant'Angelo to the Vatican...