Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo

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8 / 10

9 expert reviews

“This imposing building was erected in 135 AD as Emperor Hadrian's family mausoleum, and was converted into a chapel by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6C.”

– Michelin Guide

Fodor's Fodor's
"Standing between the Tiber and the Vatican, this circular and medieval "castle" has long been one of Rome's most distinctive landmarks." Full review
Concierge Concierge
"The castle's dank prisons and display of torture implements will entertain the kids."
Lonely Planet Lonely Planet
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"With its chunky round keep, this castle is an instantly recognisable landmark." Full review
Travel + Leisure Travel + Leisure
"St. Gregory the Great had a encouraging vision of an angel sheathing its sword above this massive brick castle built atop the drum of Hadrian's first-century mausoleum." Full review
Time Out Time Out
"Begun by Emperor Hadrian in AD 135 as his own mausoleum, Castel Sant'Angelo has variously been a fortress, prison and papal residence." Full review
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