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Originally called Ponte Aelius (after the Emperor Hadrian's second name), the St.Angel Bridge was constructed in 136 AD to connect the city of Rome to Hadrian's Mausoleum, today's Castel Sant'Angelo.

It is the most beautiful and the most perfect of Rome's bridges, never having been damaged by the river in flood.
Up to the Middle Ages, it was the bridge most used by pilgrims going to St.Peter's Basilica.
Dante crossed this bridge on his visit to Rome in the Jubilee year of 1300.
In the Holy Year of 1450, one of the parapets of the bridge collapsed owing to the huge pressure of the crowd- 150 people drowned. This tragedy was caused, in part, by the shops on the bridge that restricted the flow of people.
Pope Sixtus IV consequently had the shops removed and a new bridge built just downriver.
In the 17th century, Bernini designed the angels for which the bridge's beauty is admired today.

(from www.RomaViva.com)

This is the first in a series I will post of the angels on the bridge. As you can see, the sky as a backdrop this day could not have been more perfect.

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