Places Around Castel Sant'Angelo
Castel Sant’Angelo is a common name of a unique cylindrical building in Rome, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian. It was constructed in front of the Elian bridge in the times of Emperor Hadrian, and was supposed to be used as a tomb for him, his family and follows. Later this remarkable building with strong walls was used as a fortress and a castle, and nowadays it’s a museum with a breathtaking panoramic view over Rome from its top.
During centuries, the castle changed a lot. In Christian Rome its stone columns were moved to St Peter’s Basilica. It’s also believed that the castle got its name after Archangel Michael who was told to appear at the top of the mausoleum, sheathing is sword as a sign of the end of the plague of 590. Shortly after it a statue was put high up on the enormous terrace.
Since 14th century the building was adopted to a castle, and a famous passage between it and St Peter’s Basilica was built. Remaining under the control of the Popes, it was used not only as impressive fortress, but also as a prison and place for tortures.
Today you can visit the castle itself as well as a museum inside it. You can walk through the five floors of the castel, have a coffee break at the top of it, and enjoy city view.