Stunning view across the River Tiber
TheWesley is located in the Piazza Navona district of Rome, this area is considered the heart of the city’s historic centre.
TheWesley accommodation is established in a beautiful 19th Century Listed Building, the property offers a stunning view of the Castel Sant'Angelo (Angel Castel) opposite and the River Tiber.
The Castel Sant’Angelo was built between 135 – 139 AD, the castle was originally a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian. The same cylindrical shape can also be seen in the Mausoleum of Augustus. To connect the monument to the other side, a bridge was built. This bridge was then called as the Pons Aelius. Later on, we all knew this bridge as the Ponte Sant’Angelo.
Emperor Hadrians Mausoleum
Emperor Hadrian had the outer walls clad with marble and ordered to make a bronze statue of himself. This is very similar to what Augustus did. Emperor Hadrian’s statue stood tall on the original entrance of the mausoleum.
Not only Emperor Hadrian was laid down in that mausoleum. The burial urns of his wide Sabine and other emperors who ruled after him was also laid to rest in that mausoleum. The last that rested in the mausoleum was Roman Emperor Caracalla in 217 AD. In 280 AD, the wall was built surrounding the mausoleum and it was called the Aurelain wall. From this, the mausoleum began to shape more like a fortress.
Legend has it that the name Castel Sant’ Angelo or Angel’s Castle in the English language, was named after Archangel Michael appeared. There was a plague that attacked Rome and Pope Gregory begged God to put an end to that nightmare. It was said that Archangel Michael appeared and ended the plague. From then, Pope Pius II built a chapel on the very site Archangel Michael was said to have appeared. On top of the castle stand a bronze statue of the savior angel.
The location of Castel Sant’Angelo was very convenient and strategic for the Vatican City. Castel Sant’Angelo was a safer haven, a shelter. Eventually, the Castel Sant’Angelo was acquired as part of its properties by the Vatican City.
In 1722, Pope Nicholas II built the Pasetto. It was a passageway between the Apostolic Palace and the Castel Sant’ Angelo. This passage led to safety when there was a threat of danger. In 1870, the Castel Sant’Angelo fell into the hands of the Italian Army. Since them, the castle was opened to the public and became a museum. There houses now various artifacts that tell the history of Rome, for everyone to see and enjoy.
The bridge of Angels
Once you go to the Castel Sant’Angelo, the first thing you will see is the Bridge of Angels. On this bridge are the statues of Peter, Paul and ten other angels that were created by Bernini and his pupils.
Find out more here: www.castelsantangelo.com