Buckminster Knows 054

The Hadrinaeum (139) or Castel Sant'Angelo was commissioned and designed by Emperor Hadrian (76-138) as his mausoleum, but wasn't completed until one year after his death by Antonius Pius (86-161). After the sixth century the Castel Sant'Angelo became a Papal fortress, which was linked to the Vatican through a passetto or corridor in the thirteenth century. 
The imperial mortuary chamber lies at the heart of the monument and can be reached by a spiral ramp. 
This massive fortress has played an important role in the history of Rome, guarding its most distinguished inhabitants in times of war.

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