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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
With three of Rome’s most beloved piazzas within a five-minute walk of each other, the Navona/Pantheon/Campo area may be the prettiest and most picturesque area of the city. Join the beautiful throngs hanging out in cafes, boutiques, art galleries, and wine bars, or peek at a neighbourhood museum or monument. If you want nonstop movida, the streets here are busy with chic bicyclists and Vespa
drivers, street vendors, merchants, and locals. There is no rhyme or reason to its winding streets and there's something to see around every corner, so take pleasure in a spontaneous wander.