"Bernini Angels, Part II" Top 5 Page for this destination Ponte Sant' Angelo Tip by von.otter
Ponte Sant' Angelo, Rome: 27 reviews and 55 photos
“O blithe little soul, thou, flitting away,
Guest and comrade of this my clay,
Whither now goest thou, to what place
Bare and ghastly and without grace?
Nor, as thy wont was, joke and play.”
a verse composed by Emperor Hadrian (AD 76–AD 138) as he lay dying
A BRIDGE TO A FORMER TOMB As seen in Parts I & II, these10 Bernini angels line the sides of the Ponte Sant’Angelo (Holy Angel Bridge), which leads to the Castel Sant’Angelo (Holy Angel Castle). The castle was once the tomb of the Emperor Hadrian. Constructed between AD 135 and AD 139, much of the tomb’s contents, including the emperor’s ashes, those of his wife Sabina, and those of his first adopted son, Lucius Aelius, and its decoration had been lost by the time it became a fortress in AD 401. In the 14th century it was converted into a castle. The castle is a National Museum that is open to the public.
For more on the Castel Sant’Angelo please my following tip, “Archangel Michael at Castel Sant’Angelo” in my Rome Tips section.
My favorite angel of the 10 is among this second group of five; it is the Angel with the Cross. It has such uplifting grace and beauty.
Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50
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