"1752 - a new angel..number six" Castel Sant'Angelo Tip by belgianchocolate

Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome: 146 reviews and 289 photos


I had taken this picture of the archangel
not nowing that it was made by a Flemish person.
'Peter Verschaffelt' made it.

Peter Verschaffelt was born in 'Gent ' in 1710.
'Pope Benedictus XIV ' ordered a new angel
after the last one got damaged by bad weather.
You can still see that one in the courtyyard.
In 1752 the present on got inaugurated.

It was in 1798 the French painted it in the
colors of France. Red , white and blue and
putted a Phrygian cap on its head.
They nicknamed it 'Genius of freeing
France and of Rome'.
A really bad joke if you ask me.
But that was nothing compared to what
happened to the 5 angels before this one.

The first added at the end of the 11th century
just faded away since it was made in wood.
The second one in marble was destroyed
by an attack in 1379.
Seventy years later number three was ready.
A marble one with bronze wings. He blew up
when the powder magazine got hit by lightning.
The next one in gilded Bronze , number 4 ,
was melted in 1544 to make cannons.
The fifth one - I already told you..the weather.

Address: lungotevere castello 50
Directions: Off Piazza Adriana or the St. Angelo Bridge
Phone: +39 06 681 9111
Website: http://www.castelsantangelo.com/

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  • Updated Jul 17, 2004
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