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Ponte Sant'Angelo

ⓒRebecca Bugge, All Rights Reserved

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Night shot of the Roman bridge Sant'Angelo (Roman as in: in Rome and built under the Roman era). The bridge has five spans, and the middle three are Roman originals. It was built under emperor Hadrian, completed in 134 A.D., and was then called Pons Aelius (pons is Latin for bridge, and Aelius was Hadrians nomen, the Roman version of a surname).

 

The angels are Baroque embellishments, designed by Bernini in 1688 and executed by his pupils. The name of the bridge is not due to the statues, but because the bridge leads up to Castel Sant'Angelo, which had had a statue of the archangel Saint Michael on its roof since 1536 (first in marble, and it was later replaced by a bronze version still standing there).

 

By the way, that original angel can be seen here: www.flickr.com/photos/dameboudicca/3277130449

and the angel closes to the camera in this shot, looks like this from the front (in daylight): www.flickr.com/photos/dameboudicca/12156889973

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Taken on July 16, 2016