Wednesday, 16 November 2011

The obscure castle Saint Angelo, remember the movie Angels and Demons

We got to know Castle Saint Angelo because it was one of the main locations in the movie “Angels and Demons” of writer Dan Brown. In the movie, the candidates who applied for the position of Pope where kept hostage in the castle and killed one by one in different places in Rome. This is fiction but in realty the tunnel between Vatican City and the Castle of Saint Angelo exists. It was one of the routes used by Pope Clemens VII in the 13th century. It called the castle of angels because Pope Gregorius spotted Angel Gabriel on the roof, which ended a period of plague in Rome. The bridge in front of the castle is decorated with statues of angels all designed by Bernini. After seeing the “Angel and Demons” we had to visit the castle but the bridge was more impressive.

We leerden de Engelenburcht kennen door de film “Het Bernini Mysterie”. Dit was een zeer belangrijke locatie in de film geschreven door Dan Brown, waar de kandidaten om Paus te worden werden gegijzeld, vooraleer men ze vermoorde. Dit is natuurlijk fictie, maar de tunnel tussen Vaticaanstad en de Engelenburcht bestaat echt. Het was een ontsnappingsroute die werd gebruikt door Paus Clemens in de 13de eeuw. Het kasteel werd de Engelenburcht genoemd daar Paus Gregorius hier de aartsengel Gabriel gezien heeft die de verspreiding van de pest in Rome stopte. De Engelenbrug voor het kasteel is versierd met engelen beelden gemaakt door Bernini. Na het zien van de film “Het Bernini Mysterie” moesten we het kasteel bezoeken, maar de brug was meer indrukwekkend.

Castle Saint Angelo
Castle Saint Angelo
Castle Saint Angelo
Castle Saint Angelo
Castle Saint Angelo
Castle Saint Angelo
Castle Saint Angelo
Castle Saint Angelo
Castle Saint Angelo
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4 comments:

  1. Amazing story and Amazing picture ! thanks ! my friend ...

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  2. I love your photos of the Castel St Angelo. We toured that when we were in Rome, and your pictures are lovely. Thank you for sharing these. We actually went on an Angels and Demons tour, which was wonderful! Have a great day!

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  3. Ik krijg heiwee....wil er zo weer naar toe.

    Groet, Joop

    goede shots hoor.

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  4. Fantastic photos from the angels and sculptures and this wonderful bridge.

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