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Obelisco della Minerva, Rome

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#84 of 463 in Historic Sites in Rome
Piazza della Minerva is a piazza in Rome, Italy, near the Pantheon. Its name derives from the existence of a temple built on the site by Pompey dedicated to Minerva Calcidica, whose statue is now in the Vatican Museums.
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  • Located in piazza della Minerva, near the Pantheon, this Obelisk is singular because Bernini had the idea to place it on top of the sculpture of an elephant.
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  • Very close to the Pantheon you meet this curious work of Bernini while Rome is full of the obelisks of the 6th century BC is truly curious for being on top of a marble elephant and similar to the Obelisk that is on top of the Navona fountain sculptures is demonstration of the best design of Bernini that many thought that sooner or later would fall down and there is
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  • Lots and lots of obelisks in Rome - this one is very near the Pantheon . Fairly small but interesting due to the elephant  more »

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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