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CASTEL SANTANGELO (MAUSOLEUM OF HADRIAN) ARCHITECTURE & LIGHT

Authors: Marina De Franceschini Giuseppe Veneziano
Editor: RIRELLA EDITRICE
Series: Books available in this website
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Pages: 160 - Images: 110
Category: Archaeostronomy
Code: 2899 - Part: 34
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Marina De Franceschini
Castel Sant'Angelo (Mausoleo di Adriano). Architecture & Light

The Mausoleum of Hadrian – today's Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome – was built by Emperor Hadrian as a new dynastic tomb for the imperial family; it was completed in 139 AD.
It was inspired by the Mausoleum of Augustus, located in the Campus Martius, not far from the Pantheon, to underline the ideal continuity between the two emperors.

This book traces its thousand-year history: from its construction until it became an impregnable fortress and resisted the sieges of the Saracens and barbarians. To defend themselves, the Romans tore into pieces the sculptures that decorated it and threw them on the besiegers. During the Sack of Rome by the Landsknechts in 1527 the Pope found refuge there.

This book is about its millenial long history
Today Castel Sant'Angelo has a typically medieval appearance on the outside, because during the Renaissancethe the Roman structures were modified and destroyed.
However, a very important original nucleus survives inside, with a large helical Ramp leading to the Burial chamber. The latter, called the Hall of the Urns, which is located in an elevated position and is lit by two large window-tunnels.

In the days of the Summer Solstice, important illuminatios occur inside
the Hall of Urns, which were discovered by Marina De Franceschini in 2012.
They had a precise symbolic meaning linked to the cult of the dead, and allow us to reconstruct the position of the imperial sarcophagi, as you will discover reading these pages.




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