Castel Sant'Angelo - Castel Sant'Angelo information and pictures



Castel Sant'Angelo was a fortress on the right bank of the Tiber River in Rome. It was built to be a family mausoleum by Emperor Hadrian in AD 130 and was finished in AD139 by Antonius Pius. It was later used as a fortress, a prison and a Popeís refuge.

An underground corridor leads from the Castel Sant'Angelo to the Vatican palace that was built in 1277. It was built to provide an escape route for the Pope in times of danger and unrest. The Ponte Sant'Angelo Bridge over the river connects the Castel Sant'Angelo with the other side of the city and is adorned by many statues added in the Renaissance.

A bronze statue of an Angel adorns the fortress, designed by Pieter Verschaffelt in the 18th century.

Where is Castel Sant'Angelo: Lungotevere Castello 50

How to get to Castel Sant'Angelo: Bus route 23, 34, 62, 87, 280, 492, 990

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Castel SantAngelo Vatican
Castel Sant'Angelo, Vatican

Ponte Sant'Angelo Vatican
Ponte Sant'Angelo with St. Peterís Basilica in the background, Vatican



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