Fu decapitata la mattina dell’11 settembre 1599 nella piazza di Castel Sant’Angelo gremita di folla e su ponte Sant’Angelo si dice che il suo fantasma compaia ancora, ogni anno, puntualmente, nella notte tra il 10 e l’11 settembre.
La nota leggenda che lega, invece, il nome del Castello a quello dell’arcangelo Michele risale al X secolo, quando Gregorio Magno sale al soglio pontificio di una città in preda all’anarchia, alla carestia e a una terribile pestilenza.
Per invocare la misericordia divina, papa Gregorio organizza una processione di tre giorni a cui prende parte l’intera cittadinanza e giunti all’altezza del mausoleo di Adriano, però, i romani distinguono chiaramente stagliarsi contro il cielo violetto la sagoma luminosa di un angelo nell’atto di riporre nel fodero una spada fiammeggiante. E’ il 29 agosto del 590.
Quella sera stessa la pestilenza cessa. Il mausoleo di Adriano è diventato il Castello dell’Angelo.
Sorge sulla sponda destra del fiume, lo si raggiunge dal ponte Sant’Angelo, decorato da dieci angeli scolpiti dal Bernini nel XVII secolo, su volere di Papa Clemente IX.
Elegante anche la mia mise, una pencil skirt in pizzo e un paio di lucide decollète… e il libro di Dan Brown “Angeli e Demoni” balena nella mia mente mentre attraverso tutto il ponte Sant’Angelo.
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Built around 123 A.D. as a tomb for Emperor Hadrian and his family, the castle has an unusual destiny in the historical and artistic scene of the Italian capital.
From funerary monument to a fortress, from dark and terrible prison to a splendid papal residence, from the court of the Risorgimento to a museum and archaeological site, Castel Sant’Angelo embodies in the solemn Roman spaces, in the mighty walls, in the sumptuous frescoed halls, the events of Eternal city where past and present seem inextricably linked.
It seems that in this place there are many ghosts that wander about, in addition to those of the many death row inmates, whose cries will still rise from the ancient stones of the Castle, the most famous being that of Beatrice Cenci. A beautiful Roman noblewoman, who was sentenced to death for the murder of her father, a violent man who underwent her at constant abuse. She was beheaded on the morning of 11 September 1599 in the square in Castel Sant’Angelo crowded with people and on the Ponte Sant’Angelo, and her ghost still appears, every year, on the night between 10 and 11 September.
Gregory the Great’s vision of St Michael is one of the best known and most charming legends of the first plague pandemic. Gregory was elected Pope after the death of his predecessor from the plague in the 590s. In an effort to plead with God for an end of the plague, the new Pope Gregory led a procession, around the streets of Rome. As they approached Hadrian’s Tomb, Gregory had a vision of Michael the Archangel atop the tomb overlooking the city, sheathing his sword, a sign that Gregory’s procession had been pleasing to God and that the plague would end.
Located on the right bank of the Tiber River and reachable from the Sant’Angelo bridge, decorated with ten angels sculpted by Bernini in the seventeenth century on the wishes of Pope Clement IX.
The bridge is unique in the world, both for regularity, the symmetry, the opening of the light and the distance from the water surface of the arches, both for the nobility of the materials and the monumentality of the whole structure.
Most of such beauty is added by the angel statues that flank the marble railings of the bridge, which frame the river that flows through the interweaving of wrought iron grilles of particular elegance.
The same elegance of my outfit, a lace pencil skirt with patent leather heels… and, Dan Brown’s book, “Angels and Demons” flashed through my mind as I crossed the Ponte Sant’Angelo this morning in Rome.
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