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Obelisco della Minerva, Rome

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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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  • One of the many great obelisks in Rome, but this stands out on his special way because it is included in a foundation with the beautiful and detailed the elephant made by Bernini. Recommend a visit here!
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  • It dominates the piazza della Minerva and although surrounded by austere but also very interesting monuments such as the Basilica of Santa Maria alla Minerva, the Senate library, the former Holy Office where Galilei she recanted her scientific discoveries in the name of faith (and for Save your hide), the grand hotel della Minerva wherein writers and painters and the Vatican Palace for diplomatic studies is the Egyptian obelisk supported by an elephant designed by Bernini and built by Ercole Ferrata to draw attention . If you read then the monument extends right you can't stop grinning thinking about Bernini's genius which makes a mockery of the Dominican friars of the era.
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  • Egyptian obelisks, this one was brought to Rome by emperor Diocletian (reigning 284-305 AD), lost to time for many years as it was buried, in the mid 1600's uncovered and erected on Bernini's wonderfu...  more »
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