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Hadrian's Mausoleum
The Castel Sant'Angelo was originally built by Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum. Construction started in 123 A.D. and was finished in 139 A.D.,
Mausoleum of Hadrianduring the reign of Hadrian's successor, Antoninus Pius.

The building consisted of a square 89m (292ft) wide base on which a cylindrical colonnaded drum with a diameter of 64m was constructed. On the drum was an earthen tumulus topped by a quadriga with Hadrian's statue.

The mausoleum was connected to the city at the other side of the river by a newly constructed bridge, the Pons Aelius. The bridge is now known as the Pont Sant'Angelo. Its many statues were added later
View from Ponte Sant'Angeloduring the Renaissance.
The mausoleum housed the remains of Hadrian and his successors up to Caracalla.

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