In a few days every year in Rome will celebrate the Holy Apostles and Martyrs Peter and Paul, remember from the city on the date of 29 June.
And like every year large and small will meet in a special place, Castel Sant’Angelo, to admire the magnificent and colorful FIREWORKS! (Click here to learn more)
And you’ve never been to visit this “strange castle” with your children? Take advantage of the mini guide that follows to live with them a great little adventure into the past!
– A smartphone
– A block for drawings
– A colorful carrying case
– A lot of fantasy and imagination
A CASTLE MANY STORIES
Before starting the game unearthed a corner quite comfortable in the crowd of PONTE SANT’ANGELO, do the “slalom” between curious tourists and street vendors who crowd … There you are? Ready? Street!
Close your eyes, you are in Ancient Rome (you remember? No cars and tourists taking continuous selfies with the monuments!) Imagine in front of you:
– A deck on the Tiber,
– A great PRATO
– A road with large slabs (hand-cut stones by man)
– A large circular MAUSOLEUM, which is the tomb of a very important man
Let’s see if you have turned your fantasy, it’s time to test yourself. Leaning to the Ponte Sant’Angelo drawn (without peeking others!) A BRIDGE, a ROAD paved crossing a big PRATO and in the background, the TOMB you see in front of you but without the angel at the top nor the battlements I recommend ! (Soon I will reveal why)
Your design tells a very old and very important story, that ROMAN EMPEROR Hadrian, Emperor of Rome between 117 and 138 AD.
Adriano was a perfect tourist! He loved to travel the length and breadth of the entire Roman Empire, in contrast to many other emperors, who ruled remaining firm in Rome for all or most of their Kingdom.
He loved poetry, philosophy, and music and was, therefore, a happy person who liked to surround himself with artists and intellectuals.
The Ponte Sant’Angelo on where you are in Roman times was called PONS Aelius ie Elio bridge … if you were careful you will remember that was the name of Elio Adriano, good!
To build it was he, in 134 A.D., to access all the Roman people from the Campus Martius to his future tomb, the Mausoleum at the time was made up of many blocks of TUFF coated WHITE MARBLE.
This bridge leads to the right bank of the Tiber, in what the Romans called AGER VATICANUS, outside the walls of Rome, where they could bury their dead.
A good look around: you see them the marble ANGELS who are watching you from above on both sides of the bridge? Do you think are the work of Adriano too?
Angels are figures that the ancient Romans NOT knew, had many gods, and some were also winning it is true, but none was an angel just as we imagine it today.
This figure was founded in the early centuries of Christianity when the angels become GOD’S MESSENGERS.
Remember when I told you NOT to draw the angel on Hadrian’s Mausoleum? now you know why!
Christians already existed at the time of Hadrian but their religion was persecuted by the Empire, although he proved more tolerant towards them than other emperors.
The one on top of the castle is the archangel Michele and has been placed there by Pope Gregory the Great … why? Here we go with the story that follows
In the year 590 AD in Rome broke a terrible plague. It is said that during a religious PROCESSION to ask GRACE GOD appeared, on top of the CASTLE, the ARCANGELO MICHELE.
Was beautiful and had large white wings, all they saw him put the BIG SWORD which was holding in its sheath.
This vision meant only one thing: ROME WAS SAVE why God was not angry with the Church and the plague was over!
Observe now the hands of the marble angels work of a great sculptor, GIANLORENZO BERNINI.
You can pick one each, what they have in hand? Everybody is wearing a SYMBOL linked to JESUS PASSION and DEATH ‘.
Train the courage view! searching
– the cross
– The nuts
– The crown of thorns
– the sponge
Found all? Now look on your smartphone “PASSION JESUS SYMBOLS ‘” to learn more!
Cross Ponte Elio and observe well the ramparts in front of you, what do you remember?
To me the sand castles that are done at the beach with friends!
Now try to add the battlements on your Hadrian’s Mausoleum.
Between 1400 and 1600 the Emperor’s tomb was turned into a great and safe FORTRESS.
It became a real CASTLE, where the Pope was moving with his people and his armed guards burst when the WAR!
As in any self-respecting castle, we have BASTION and the FOSSATI.
How did the Pope to escape without being seen by the enemy from the Vatican Palace and into the Castel Sant’Angelo? Do you think there was a secret passage? He guessed it!
Walk to Via di Porta Castello and you can see it with your eyes!
This passage was built in 1400 and was once covered the whole, is called PASSETTO or RUNNER OF VILLAGE.
Catapults, warehouses, cold rooms, stone ammunition … if you enter the castle you will find yourself in front of all these wonders not to mention the beautiful ROOMS PAINTED of the Popes … oh yes, because the Popes were once the RE and then did not want to give up the works’ art and the beautiful comfortable life they led, even when war broke out!
You know that right now Sewa bus Pariwisata, as you read, you are bordering a Foreign Country?
Try on your smartphone “Vatican City” to learn more!
The Vatican is an independent state from the Italian, occupies an area of 0.44 km2 and has just over 500 inhabitants. It emits its own currency (€ Vatican) and its stamps, has its own radio (Vatican Radio) and his newspaper (L’Osservatore Romano).
Oh, I almost forgot! There is also the Vatican Guard Corps, are the Swiss Guards, dressed in a funny uniform blue and yellow.
The symbol of this state consists of two large gold KEYS and crossed with silver over MITRA ie the “crown” of the Pope.
Sure you do not already have them seen around ?? … back on the Ponte Sant’Angelo and follow it all in the opposite direction to the Castle.
You will find two statues different from all others, are the only ones not to have the ALI. They are St. Peter and St. Paul, the Patron of Rome, under them, you will find the CREST VATICAN.
Try to draw the arms and even the faces of the two saints, then use the new smartphone: look for images of St. Peter and St. Paul Apostles and you will see that in every representation are always very similar …
To acknowledge what St. Paul and St. Peter by what?
One always has white hair and beard, and the other is bald with a dark beard.
From now on, I’m sure you know them in any church you go with your eyes closed!