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Rooftops of Rome from the Castle Sant'Angelo. Taken early evening as the late winter sun was setting

The emperor Hadrian had this castle built between the years 130 and 139, as a tomb for himself and his family. Over the centuries it underwent various transformations and served as fortress, prison, barracks, and museum.

Now it appears closed within a square block of defensive walls with angular towers named for the saints Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The tower of Benedict IX, in the XI century, and the pontifical apartments, during the Renaissance, were superimposed onto the cyclindrical construction of the Roman epoch .

The castle was restored at the beginning of the century and in 1933 was transformed into a museum covering four floors. The style is predominantly military, but paintings, antique furnishings, and tapestries are also in the collection.

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