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Piazza della Minerva, Rome, Italy
Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This unusual elephant sculpture designed by Bernini and sculptured by his assistant Ferrata, supports an Egyptian obelisk on its back. This landmark work stands in Piazza della Minerva, a little square near the Pantheon.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nellielim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Egyptian obelisk is held up by Bernini designed, Ferrata sculpted marble elephant. The elephant is a symbol of the virtues on which the Friars felt Christians should build true wisdom.The obelisk is located in the piazza of Santa Maria soprano Minerva.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kyle S
Reviewed 25 September 2018

I wonder what the reaction was of the first person who heard that Bernini intended to mount an ancient obelisk on top of a sculpture of an elephant. If they had been a modern person, I'm sure they would have tried to suppress a look...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Charming_Karl
Reviewed 21 August 2018

This is a unique elephant sculpture with an ancient Egyptian obelisk on top. This is nearby the Pantheon and interesting to check out.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

This is our second visit, this time we were the guides for friends and family who came along this trip. We stayed at the Hotel Minerva just steps away. Without doing any homework the story is lost.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank risi59
Reviewed 17 May 2018

Beautiful historical architecture, right by the compendium, buried tomb of Raphael, and rochelle. The nearby Senegal booloo gooloos are friendly .

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank LonDaz
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Rome has several obelisks. This is the second one that we have seen. It is in the piazza in front of the Chiesa Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. The obelisk was found during excavations and the sculptor G. Bernini fashioned the elephant. It was erected in...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Mmarymomm
Reviewed 31 March 2018

This obelisk is close to the Pantheon. It is an Egyptian obelisk, one of many brought to Rome during the Rome Empire. The interesting part is the elephant statue, made by Bernini. Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Jivko V
Reviewed 19 February 2018

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 wonderful elephant. There are many things to see in Rome, seeking out...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

My partner and I saw this Obelisc rated on Trip Advisor when we were in the area so thought we would pop by and see it. It is located right behind the Pantheon so is worth a look at if you are there, although we...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Sophie L
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Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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galleries, and wine bars, or peek at a neighbourhood
museum or monument. If you want nonstop movida, the
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