Castel Sant’Angelo

By Lewis Wintle-Cook

Warning, contains nudity.

Brilliant day in Rome today at the Castel Sant’Angelo.

Legend has it that in 590 the Archangel Michael appeared here to Pope Gregory to announce the end of the plague (this was before you had an app to inform you of plague ends).

But the castle’s history goes much further back. It was good old Hadrian, him of the long wall, who built it as a mausoleum for himself and his descendants in the first century AD.

On my way to the Castel Sant’Angelo

In the bastion (not built for bears)

The room of urns

This is where Hadrian and the Imperial family were laid to rest.

Animula, vagula, blandula Hospes comesque corporis Quae nunc abibis in loca Pallidula, rigida, nudula, Nec, ut soles, dabis iocos.

Little soul, you charming little wanderer, my body’s guest and partner, Where are you off to now? Somewhere without colour, savage and bare; Never again to share a joke.

The upper armoury. Checking out the gun.

The sala dell’ Adrianeo

Picnics were a casual affair in days gone by.

The ceiling of the Paolina Room

Paul III’s room, where he welcomed his guests

A great day out, with many steps but well worth it for wonderful views of Rome.

This little bear gives Castel Sant’Angelo the paws up.

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