Ponte Sant' Angelo, Rome

Photograph by Raymond Choo, My Shot

The pedestrian bridge, Ponte Sant' Angelo, in Rome leads to Castel Sant' Angelo, a round-walled, battlemented structure that today serves as a museum. Commissioned as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian in the second century A.D., it got its current name in the sixth century—a time when a plague was devastating Rome—after Pope Gregory the Great had a vision of an angel hovering over the structure, sheathing its sword. The vision was interpreted as heralding the end of the plague, and a statue of Archangel Michael, the rescuing angel, was placed on top of the structure.

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