The Tomb of the Emperor Hadrian (76-138 AD) or more commonly known as Castel Sant'Angelo was originally commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family and is located on the right bank of the Tiber River and in 401 AD the Mausoleum was converted into a military fortress to defend against the invasion of the Germanic tribes.


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During the middle ages Castel Sant'Angelo served as a papal refuge in times of disturbances and Pope Clement VII took refuge during siege of Charles's V of Spain.

The bridge Pont Sant'Angelo spans the Tibor River leads from Rome to Castel Sant'Angelo.


Legend states that the Archangel Micheal appeared on top the mausoleum sheathing his sword as a sign of the end of the Plague of 590 and this rendition of that fable was created in bronze by Flemish sculptor von Verschaffelt in 1753. It was most deffinitely worth the two euros to see the smiles on my daughter Madeline's face.

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Links to Our Visit in 2009 to Italy

Rome Home Page
The Colosseum
The Arch of Constantine
The Arch of Titus
The Roman Forum
Santa Maria della Vittoria
Piazza Navona
Four Rivers Fountain
Pont Sant' Angelo
Vatican City
Trevi Fountain

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