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Obelisco della Minerva, Rome

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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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  • A very strange and different obelisk but also one that is very beautiful with its elephant.
  • My favourite sculpture in Rome. Worth a close view!
  • Definitely worth a look. Odd bit of history behind this fascinating sculpture, which decorates a small and plain piazza in front of Basilica S. Maria sopra Minerva. Story says the artist Bernini wanted for decades to use this theme (elephant with small Egyptian obelisk, found on the site, riding on its back) and finally got his chance. Another story says Bernini wanted the rear end of the elephant mooning the building behind, where Gallileo was made to recant.
  • The obelisk is one of the 13 obelisks in Rome. It was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and it was unveiled in February 1667 in the Piazza della Minerva in Rome where it stands today.
  • This is the second place where I was seeing elephant in one of there art work after a an art from museum of rome.

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