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Shepherd Entertainment takes you on a tour of Castel Sant'Angelo, which often believed to be a medieval castle and was originally ...
the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian.
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Visit Castel Santangelo and the Palace of Justice in Rome
Today it’s not widely known that the large round building of the St. Angel Castle, the Castel San Angelo, often believed to be a medieval castle, was originally the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian. It was modeled on a Halicarnassus Mausoleum. And today, you can still read the epitaph written by the Emperor himself engraved in marble on it: “Little soul, loamer and charmer, bodies, guests and companion, who soon will depart the places darkish, chilly and misty an end to all of your jokes”. The 64-meter diameter cylinder was lined by marble columns. But Belazar’s army broke them off and threw them on the attacking Goths.
The great site was involved in many battles also in subsequent years, so it was gradually transformed into a fortress. It is the place where Pope John X was strangled, where Giordano Bruno and the Count of 0:50 the adventurer were imprisoned. Then Benvenuto Cellini fired his canons at the besieging army. The popes returning from their Avignon captivity made the Castel San Angelo their shelter. Which they had connected to the Vatican via a passage way, the first pope forced to use the Pasetto was Eugene IV during the Florence countersigned out.
The building was also used as a summer residence before the Castel Gandolfo Castle was built. The walls of the luxurious papal suite were adorned by Frescos painted by the apprentices of Raphael. In Hadrian’s time, there was only a hill full of seeders on the top of the --. It was replaced by the statue of an angel sculpted by Guliano Della Porta that stands in the yard of the castle now. In its spot, a statue made by a Flemish sculptor named the Verschaffelt was placed. The first bridge leading to the St. Angel Castle across the Tiber, have been built by Hadrian in 134. It still features three of its original arches in the middle integrated in finely shaped baroque bridge.
Framed by sculptors of Barnini and his apprentices, the statues were made for Pope Clementine IX. The figures hold the tools of cross trials in their hands. It seems as if the shroud of the angel holding the thorn crown were ruffled by the ever present mild breeze blowing over the river. The statue of St. Peter was made by Lorenzetto, while the statue of St. Paul was sculptured by Toconi 150 years before on the commission of Clementine VII. The style of the bridge is reminiscent of the Charles Bridge in Prague, since they’ve both featured a row of baroque statues lining up pedestrian bridge from earlier times.
The huge palace standing next to the Castel San Angelo on the riverbank represents an entirely different era. The Palazzo De Justicia or the Palace of Justice was completed by 1910 in an eclectic art novo style. The building is ornamented by statues of Roman Jurist and from time to time its garden is used as a venue for events and receptions organized by the city. The houses on the other side of the river show a variety of architectural styles as well.