The Castle of the Holy Angel, also known as Castel Sant’Angelo, was made as a mausoleum for Hadrian and his family. Thus comes the third name of the building which is The Mausoleum of Hadrian. The construction is located along the Tiber river, and it is not far away from the Vatican. The castle is known for the statue of the angel Gabriel sheathing his sword. After a large pestis the pope interceded for the people so that the pest would stop, and when they say the angel sheating his sword, they understood it as an answer to the prayer of the Pope.
The building has throughout history been used as a fortress, a prison and so on. The bridge leading to the Castle of the Holy Angel is name Sant Angelo-bridge, and it is one of the nicest in Rome. From the top of the castle you can enjoy a beautiful view towards for example the St. Peters Basilica. Inside the museum you can visit a museum showing objects that has belonged to the Pope.
Castle of the Holy Angel information
Metro station: Lepanto
Entrance fee: 8,50 Euro for adults
Open: 9.00-19.30 (except from Mondays)