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Ponte Sant’Angelo

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Lungotevere Castello
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From a historical and urban viewpoint, the bridge is intrinsically linked to Castel Sant’Angelo. Built by the Emperor Hadrian to link his grandiose mausoleum to the city, only the three central arches remain of the original structure. For pilgrims, it was for centuries the only means of accessing the Basilica of St. Peter’s; traffic was so heavy that in the first Jubilee year in 1300, it was made into a two-way system, and in 1450, a crazed mule caused hundreds of casualties among the crowds.
In 1668, commissioned by Pope Clement IX, Bernini, with the help of his school, built ten statues of angels bearing symbols of passion which were raised on the parapets with the images of St. Peter and St. Paul, placed there in the fifteenth century facing the city. The world famous Via Crucis still makes crossing the bridge a visual experience of Baroque times.


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Lungotevere Castello, 00186 Roma, Italy

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