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Castel Sant 'Angelo is located on the right bank of the Tiber River, opposite the Ponte Sant Angelo. Its primitive structure was begun in the year 135 by Emperor Hadrian as a personal and familiar mausoleum, completed by Antonino Pio in 139. In a short time, however, its function was changed, being used as a military building. In this capacity, it became part of the Aurelian Wall in 403. Its current name dates back to 590, during a great epidemic of plague that devastated Rome. At the time, Pope Gregory I claimed to have seen Archangel Michael over the top of the castle, which sheathed his sword, indicating the end of the epidemic. To celebrate this apparition, a statue of an angel crowns the building: initially a marble from Raffaello da Montelupo, and from 1753, a bronze by Pierre van Verschaffelt on a sketch by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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