A beautiful cylindrical building known today as a Castle of St.Angel - originally was built by emperor Hadrian and was intended to be place of his burial - his mausoleum.
The mausoleum was erected on a bank of a Tibre river in 2-nd century AD.Originally the building had a green garden on top and a golden quadriga statue.After burying Hadrian and his familly the edifice became a tomb of a another emperor called Caracalla.
Hadrian also founded a bridge that provides a beautifull aproach to the edifice from the other side of the river.(the statues of the bridge were added much later in a baroque period)
In 5-th century AD ,the building experienced a conversion into a military fortess and all contents of tombs and original decorations were lost or damaged.
Another few centuries later , the Hadrian tomb's most precious decorations was stipped off and re-used as an internal decoration for St Peters Basilica in Vatican.
In 14-th century the castle became a papal fortress and nowadays turned into a museum.
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