Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Castles and Dreams

Today Aimee and I visited the Castel Sant'Angelo. To get to the castle you have to walk across a bridge over the Tiber River. The bridge is lined with huge statues and the castle looks majestic from far away. I loved walking through the castle and imagining the events that took place long ago, especially when we saw the old cannons and the weapons. You could see the holes in the castle's wall where the cannons would be in times of fighting.

The castle started out as Emperor Hadrian's mausoleum in 139 AD. But by the middle ages, it had become a fortress protecting the city's northern entrance. There is even a long hallway that connects the Vatican Palace to the Castle for the Pope in times of danger. Now it is a 58 room museum that details the castle's history.

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