Castel Sant'Angelo

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Castel Sant'Angelo -

Location and History

It rises close to Victor Emmanuel II bridge in lungotevere Castello. Originally it was much different from today's. Under emperor Aurelian it was strongly fortified, in the 11th century a tower was added and in 1277 it was occupied by the Pope who added to it some apartments. The actual name roots in an old legend on the bronzy 18th century angel, telling that during the dreadful pestilence of 590 an angel appeared sheathing his sword as a sign of granted grace.


It was Used as shelter for popes and as jail. To make it safer in 1277 it was joined to the Vatican by the famous "Passetto". This long fortified passageway allowed the pope to walk safely from the Vatican to Castel Sant'Angelo. Today it is a Museum (National Museum in Castel Sant'Angelo). There are collections of weapons and documents about the history of the castle. All rooms can be visited, from the jail to the pope's apartments and all the numerous fully adorned rooms. You can see: Apollo's room with frescoes by P. del Vaga's school; Leo X's chapel with Renaissance sculptures; Clemente VII's rooms with works by G. Romano, T. Cats, L. Signorelli and others; Paul III's loggia by R. da Montelupo; Giulio II's loggia by Bramante; Paul III's apartment with the Paoline room decorated by P. del Vaga, D. Beccafumi and others; Adrianeo's room and the Festoons' room with ST. Jerome painted by L. Lotto.

  • Realization by

Antonio Sangallo said il vecchio (Architetto) eseguì dei lavori di fortificazione su incarico di Alessandro VI, costruì quattro torrioni, dedicati ai santi Evangelisti, in seguito ai quali l'edificio assunse l'aspetto di una roccaforte militare.
Antonio Cordini

  • Commissioned by

Tommaso Parentuccelli
Rodrigo Borgia
Giulio Medici
Alessandro Farnese
Maffeo Barberini
Carlo Rezzonico said Pope Clemente XIII (Pontefice)
Giovanni Medici said Pope Leone X (Pontefice)
Giuliano Della Rovere said Pope Giulio II (Pontefice)
Giulio Rospigliosi said Pope Clemente IX (Pontefice)
Ippolito Aldobrandini said Pope Clemente VIII (Pontefice)
Michelangelo Poli said Pope Innocenzo XIII (Pontefice)
Pietro Tomacelli said Pope Bonifacio IX (Pontefice)

Luzio Luzi
Pieter Antoon Van Verschaffelt
Raffaello di Bartolomeo Sinibaldi
Lorenzo Lotto
Marco Pino (Pittore) con l' affresco "Alessandro Magno prega nel Tempio" del 1546.
Prospero Fontana (Pittore) con l' affresco "Achille e le figlie di Licomede" databile nel periodo 1545 - 1548.


Antonio Cordini said Antonio da Sangallo il giovane (Architetto), Donato Di Pascuccio said Bramante (Architetto), Dulio Cambellotti (Mastro vetraio), Francesco Bissolo (Pittore), Giovanni Luteri said Dosso Dossi (Pittore), Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli said Giampietrino (Pittore), Girolamo Di Benvenuto (Pittore), Girolamo Siciolante said Sermoneta (Pittore), Giuseppe Valadier (Architetto), Luca Signorelli (Pittore), Luigi Taddeo Gaddi (Nobile), Michelangelo Buonarroti (Architetto), Nicolas Poussin (Pittore), Peter Werschaffelt (Scultore)

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  • Nearby museums

National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo
Distance: 57 meters

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