The Angels of the Ponte Sant’Angelo Bridge

On the Sant’Angelo Bridge in Rome, Italy there are ten angel statues lining the now fully pedestrian bridge. The angels were all commissioned by the famous artist and sculptor Bernini. They range in religious meaning regarding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and all are immaculate and beautiful.

The Bridge leads to the Castle Sant’Angelo which originally started off as the mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian around 500 AD. In the 16th century the bridge was used for executions and the bodies were left for days so that others could see what would happen if you disobeyed. In the late 1600s, the angels were commissioned and replaced the horror that had been displayed on the bridge for many years.

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