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Castel Sant’Angelo

Located not far from the Vatican in Italy, this almost 2000-year-old monument is one of the oldest in the city of Rome. Built around 135 by Emperor Hadrian, this building had various functions throughout the ages. It was first a funerary monument, a fortress in the Middle Ages and then a palace for Pope Paul III during the Renaissance. The statue at the top of the castle, symbol of a legend, gives its name to the building. After crossing the Saint-Ange Bridge decorated with its ten statues, we arrive at the National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo. There are several rooms to visit, including the Apollo Room, the Hall of Clement VII, the Loggias of Paul III and Julius III as well as the apartments of Paul III. The rooms, decorated in the period style, house sumptuous paintings, ranging from the 15th to the 16th century. To travel through time, you can take the marble and mosaic ramp of this castle where the burial chambers and cells are located. The paintings on the walls of the museum are magnificent works of art to discover. The Pope's former residence, decorated with frescoes, offers a magnificent view of the city.
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Castel Sant'Angelo

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  • What is the legend associated with Castel Sant'Angelo?
    Legend has it that Archangel Michael put his sword back in the sheath, at the top of the castle in front of Pope Gregory I, to signal the end of the plague epidemic. It is now possible to see at the top of Castel Sant'Angelo, a statue of the Archangel Michael in memory of this event.