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Castel Sant'Angelo

Castle Rome, Italy

Powerful guardian of the most sacred place in the city Castel Sant'Angelo

The fort is a circle surrounded by a square; each corner of the square is protected by an individually designed barbican, or outwork, while the central circle is a lofty cylinder containing halls, chapels, apartments, courtyard, and prison cells. In 590 Pope Gregory the Great, conducting a penitential procession to pray for the end of a plague, had a vision of the archangel Michael sheathing his sword over the castle, signifying the end of the plague; from that incident came the structure’s modern name and the marble statue of the archangel that surmounts the building. Throughout the Middle Ages the castle served as a refuge in times of trouble, especially for the popes, who could reach it from the Lateran through a protected passage. Clement VII took refuge there from the troops of the Holy Roman emperor Charles V during the sack of Rome in 1527. he popes used part of the castle as a prison, and eventually the building became a military barracks and prison. The military use ended in 1901, when the castle’s restoration was begun.

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    Intero € 10,00

    Opening Time
      Monday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
      Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
      Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
      Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
      Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
      Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
      Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM

    +39 06 6819111

    Historic Centre
    Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

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