Hadrian’s Mausoleum

Hadrian’s Mausoleum (Castel Sant’Angelo) and the Ponte Sant’Angelo, once the site of the Pons Aelius (Bridge of Hadrian) in Rome.

Hadrian built the mausoleum to hold his ashes and they were placed there a year after his death in Baiae in 138, together with those of his wife Sabina, and his first adopted son, Lucius Aelius, who also died in 138. Remains of succeeding emperors were also placed in the mausoleum until the year 217.



Gilded Bronze Peacock, thought to have stood on the fence of Herod’s Mausoleum. Musei Vaticani, Rome. Photo by Alessandro Bracchetti.

British Museum- Hadrian Empire and Conflict

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