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  Archangel Michael, 3.January.2001
by von.otter

Gracefully hovering at the very pinnacle of Castel Sant?Angelo, the colossal bronze of Archangel Michael recalls his AD 590 appearance there.

Rome was suffering an outbreak of plague in that year; Pope Saint Gregory the Great ordered all Romans to take part in a procession to the Vatican to pray for the city?s deliverance. As they approached the Castel, the Pontiff saw Archangel Michael hovering above it sheathing his sword. The Holy Father took this as the answer to his prayers.

The Dutch artist Pieter Verschaffelt designed this version of Michael in 1752. It replaced Raffaello da Montelupo?s marble one.

Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00186 Roma, Italy
Directions: Off Piazza Adriana or the St. Angelo Bridge
Phone: +39 06 681 9111
Website: http://www.castelsantangelo.com/

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  • Updated Mar 14, 2007
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