Castel Sant’Angelo

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The Mausoleum of emperor Hadrian, also known as Castel Sant’Angelo, is located on the right bank of river Tiber, at a walking distance of Vatican City. This towering cylindrical building was originally commissioned by Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and for his family. However, the building was later used by several popes as a fortress and castle, and it is now a museum.

The construction started around year 135 and the emperor’s ashes were placed there three years later. The statue of the angel crowning the tower was placed in 590 after plague devastated Rome and Pope Gregory I said he had a vision of Saint Michael the Archangel on top of the building announcing the end of the epidemic.

Later on, in 1277, an 800-meter corridor was built to connect the castle with the Vatican City so that the Pope could escape if in danger and it was particularly useful during the 1527 sieges when Pope Clement VII used the castle as a refuge.

Contacts & Details

Lungotevere Castello, 50 00193 Roma

Sunday:

09:30 – 19:30

Monday:

09:30 – 19:30

Tuesday:

09:30 – 19:30

Wednesday:

09:30 – 19:30

Thursday:

09:30 – 19:30

Friday:

09:30 – 19:30

Saturday:

09:30 – 19:30