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


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