This bridge was built to cross the Tevere from the city centre to Hadrian's freshly completed mausoleum which later became the Castel Sant'Angelo. In 1450, its balustrades buckled due to a surging mob of pilgrims making their way to the Basilica San Pietro, leading to a mass drowning. Later, in the 16th century, the structure was used to display the bodies of executed men to the public. Is it just me, or was this bridge not particularly cheery?

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