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Castel Sant'Angelo - Emperor Hadrian had it built in 130 A.D. as his mausoleum. It held the remains of the Imperial family until Caracalla.

It was Used as shelter for popes and as jail. To make it safer in 1277 it was joined to the Vatican by the famous "Passetto". This long fortified passageway allowed the pope to walk safely from the Vatican to Castel Sant'Angelo. Today it is a Museum (National Museum in Castel SantAngelo). There are collections of weapons and documents about the history of the castle. All rooms can be visited, from the jail to the pope's apartments and all the numerous fully adorned rooms. You can see: Apollo's room with frescoes by P. del Vagas school; Leo X's chapel with Renaissance sculptures; Clemente VII's rooms with works by G. Romano, T. Cats, L. Signorelli and others; Paul III's loggia by R. da Montelupo; Giulio II's loggia by Bramante; Paul III's apartment with the Paoline room decorated by P. del Vaga, D. Beccafumi and others; Adrianeos room and the Festoons' room with ST. Jerome painted by L. Lotto.

I took this photo in June 2005 in occasion of "Batman Begins" Movie Preview, organized by Warner Italy.
Inside there was a party, while at Warner Village in Rome there was the preview with gadgets!!!

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