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Castel Sant’Angelo
Ancient Mausoleum of Hadrian
Built AD 135-139

Used from Hadrian’s death in AD 139 until the death of Caracalla in AD 217, the sixth emperor to be buried in the tomb. By the sixth century, the tomb had been incorporated into Rome’s defenses. Later it became a papal fortress, accessible from the Vatican in times of trouble by means of an elevated walkway built in 1277. The present name for the fortress/tomb, Castel S. Angelo, derives from a vision Pope Gregory the Great had in AD 590. St. Michael’s statue on the top replaced the original quadriga and colossal statue of Hadrian.

Ponte Sant’Angelo
Originally known as Pons Aelius (Bridge of Hadrian), Ponte Sant’Angelo is a stone arch bridge spanning 18m across the Tiber with 5 spans, completed in AD 134. After the 16th century, the bridge was used to expose the bodies of the executed. In 1669, Pope Clement IX commissioned Bernini to make 10 statues of angels, each representing one of the instruments of Christ’s passion to embellish the ancient Roman Pons Aelius.

Castel Sant'Angelo
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 44mm | 1/500s @ f/8 | ISO 400 | Handheld

Angel with the subscription, Bernini (c. 1667-1969)
One of the last major projects by Bernini was the angels for the Ponte Sant’Angelo. Of the Ten Angels along the bridge, two were sculpted by Bernini: Angels with the Superscription “I.N.R.I.” and with the Crown of Thorns. The originals are now in the church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte (Rome) and copies have been placed on the bridge.
Angel with the subscription - Ponte Sant'Angelo
Nikon 200 | 18-200mm VR @ 80mm | 1/6400s @ f/8 | ISO 800 | Handheld

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Bernini’s Baroque Neoclassical curving colonnades (c. 1656-1667) define the space of St Peter’s Square.

The Colonnades, St Peter's SquareNikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 24mm | 1/350s @ f/8 | ISO 800 | Handheld

Colonnades Detail, St Peter's Square
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 80mm | 1/2500s @ f/5.6 | ISO 800 | Handheld

St Peter's Square
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 75mm | 1/1250s @ f/5.6 | ISO 800 | Handheld

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