Rome – Dante – 2

The bridge crossing the Tiber in front of the Castel Sant’Angelo, the Ponte Sant’Angelo, was also known as St Peter’s Bridge. Pilgrims crossed this bridge enroute to St Peter’s.

When Pope Boniface VIII called the first Jubilee or Holy Year in the year 1300, the number of pilgrims was extremely high so that some sort of crowd control measures had to be implemented on the bridge.

In The Divine Comedy in Canto XVIII of Inferno, Dante has the damned in the Eighth Circle of Hell follow this same crowd control system as they walk along their dismal paths.

Ponte Sant Angelo Rome 2

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s