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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