Italy – Living History

Among the countless treasures in Rome is Castel Sant’Angelo. This monument was commissioned by Hadrian to serve as his mausoleum. Constructed between 134 and 139AD, the towering, cylindrical building commands a presence as an enduring statement of strength.

Through the centuries this tribute to Hadrian has been re-purposed from its original intent as a mausoleum to a fortress castle, a prison and execution site, and a museum. It has withstood abuses not limited to attacks by Goths and other warring tribes, looting of treasures, and destruction for building materials.

Even today it serves as a final bastion of protection for the sitting Pope who can quickly reach the safety of its thick walls through an underground tunnel.

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