National Geographic : 1937 Mar
o0 Photograph byBernard F.Rogers, Jr. FOURTEEN CENTURIES AGO, DEFENDERS OF CASTEL SANT' ANGELO HURLED MARBLE STATUARY ONASSAILANTS' HEADS Built between 135 and 139 A.D . as a tomb for the Emperor Hadrian and his successors, the round Castello was repeatedly attacked and often taken during theMiddle Ages. Successive popes and anti-popes fought for its possession. Benvenuto Cellini, the soldier-artist, broke a leg while escaping onarope from thefortress's ramparts (page 279). Behind appears the dome of St. Peter's, visible from almost any point in the city. At the left, bridges span theTiber.