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A Piece Of Roman History by sap8 A Piece Of Roman History by sap8
Edificato intorno al 123 d.C. come sepolcro per l'imperatore Adriano e la sua famiglia, Castel Sant'Angelo ha un destino atipico nel panorama storico-artistico della capitale.
Mentre tutti gli altri monumenti di epoca romana vengono travolti, ridotti a rovine o a cave di materiali di spoglio da riciclare in nuovi, moderni edifici, il Castello - attraverso una serie ininterrotta di sviluppi e trasformazioni che sembrano scivolare l'una nell'altra senza soluzione di continuitÓ - accompagna per quasi duemila anni le sorti e la storia di Roma.
Da monumento funerario ad avamposto fortificato, da oscuro e terribile carcere a splendida dimora rinascimentale che vede attivo tra le sue mura Michelangelo, da prigione risorgimentale a museo, Castel Sant'Angelo incarna nei solenni spazi romani, nelle possenti mura, nelle fastose sale affrescate, le vicende della CittÓ Eterna dove passato e presente appaiono indissolubilmente legati.
[Roma, Italia]

Castel Sant'Angelo was designed by the architect Demitriano and built between 123 and 129 A.D.; according to the wishes of Emperor Hadrian, to serve as his mausoleum. The 'Hadrianium' dominated the landscape, its massive hulk consisting of three overlapping cylindrical structures, surrounded by a circular fašade, topped with a bronze chariot featuring the Emperor dressed as the sun god. Inside, a spiral ramp, which still exists today, descended to the passageway which led to the grave, which housed his remains for 72 years.
With the addition of the Mura Aureliane (Aurelian wall) in 271 A.D., which fortified its strategic southern flank, the structure was converted from mausoleum to military fortress. It later came into Papal hands, after the Pope's return to Rome, from exile in Avignon, at which point battlements were added. The name Castel Sant'Angelo comes from the legend of Saint Gregorio Magno, who had a vision of an angel appearing in the fortress, and announcing the end of the Plague. In 1500 Rafaello di Montelupo created a statue of the angel which originally stood on the watchtower and is now on display in the Cortile d'Onore (court of honor).
Castel Sant'Angelo served as a jail for almost three centuries. It held such illustrious figures as: Giordano Bruno, Benvenuto Cellini, the Cagliostro and several patriots of the risorgimento movement. In 1901 while the structure was being converted into a museum, it underwent renovations which did away with medieval superstructures and restored the battlements.
[Rome, Italy]
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cannedhubris Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I soooo have to come to Italy!!!
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sap8 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
You doooooooooooooo!!!!!!!
What are you waiting for??? :D
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cannedhubris Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
More money in my bank account 8( But I promise you, I will get there someday!! :iconplaneplz:
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sap8 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
And i will probably get to the States XD and Australia :D AND AROUND THE WORLD!!! I WANT TO SEE EVERYTHING!!! :D
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cannedhubris Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Awesome! There is so much to see and experience, better start soon!!  :D
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sap8 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Need moneeeeyyyyy **a way zombie would say brainssssss** XD
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:iconcannedhubris:
cannedhubris Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Yup, it's a shame that the root of all evil is so necessary to having adventures.  :(
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zohreh1991 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great:D
What a beautiful place:)
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sap8 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Yes *w*
It leaves you breathless :)
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zohreh1991 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
so it's a great place :) :hug:
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