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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

18/05/2019, 12:40

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #atourguiderome, #romeisus, #rome, #roma, #castello, #fortezza, #angelo, #arcangelo, #papa, #pope, #bronzo, #scultura



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 The St Angel Castle has this specific name for a Medieval tradition. But there’s something more to know about his angel...



Talking again about the St Angel Castle, after the last article related to the Roman Emperor Hadrian), let me tell you something more about the angel. Why did the ancient mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Hadrian is called St Angel Castle? Who his this angel? Here the past events, as we know trough the literary sources. We are at the 590 AD when the Pope was Gregorio I. At that time a terrible plague hit Rome, and the dead bodies started to fill the roads of #Rome. This Pope, who was one of the first pontiffs to really rule the city in a political way, and who also a man who had several visions and miracles, decided to something simple: a great procession in order to ask God to stop the plague. This procession was very long, so much that thoousand of people joined it. For the literary sources 80 of them died, walking and praying in order to have a future... At a certain moment, when the procession reached the bridge in front of the castle (that today is called the St Angel Bridge), the Pope Gregorio I and all the others something something amazing: the archangel Michael, surrounded by a strong light and with his great wings, in the act of putting his fire sword in the scabbard. When he did it, the plague ended. It is the history of the angel, and the reason why the castle and the bridge are called in this way. But still today there’s an angel at the top of the fortress, used to symbolize the origins of the building. But imagine how there’s a long story also behind this statue, that is not the original one! Only the Pope Niccolò V, at the XV century, for the first time commissioned a statue depicting the archangel in order to commemorate the miracle. It was marble made with golden wings, but the statue was destroyed by a lightning. So, at the 1544, another Pope commissioned to the sculptor Raffaello da Montelupo another statue, which was destroyed two times by a other lightnings! Then we should wait the 1752, when the Pope Benedict XIV visited the fortress, looking how shuttered and old was the statue of the archangel. It is the reason why he asked for a new work of art, that is the same one that still today could be seen by the million of people who come here to visit the St Angel Castle. And maybe they don’t know many things about this nice statue... #unaguidaturisticaroma #romeisus #Rome #atourguiderome #angelo#arcangelo #castelsantangelo #papa #pontefice #castello #fortezza


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