The splendid fortress of Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, Italy, was originally built as a Mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian in 139 AD.

In the 10th century AD it was transformed into a castle, then, 500 years later, into the elegant residence of Pope Alexander VI Borgia.

Michelangelo designed the marvellous main court for Pope Leon X and many of the rooms inside are decorated with frescoes of great beauty. It’s also been used to house prisoners, including the sculptor Benvenuto Cellini.

The terrace offers a fine view of the river Tiber and opera lovers will know that this was where the final act of Puccini’s opera “Tosca” took place.

The building is now a museum with a fine collection of suits of armour.

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  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    Beautiful aspect. great comp. The people give the perspective.( We have a lot of Hadrian in our part of the world also.) Great capture

  • fairielights
    fairielightsover 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured! Takes me right back there. =)

  • Thank you so much, I love Rome …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 2 years ago

    Great capture from the Ponte Sant’ Angelo Tom !
    Isn’t this a fabulous place to visit !

  • Thank you dear Trish, I love Rome, there is so much to see …

    – Tom Gomez

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