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Obelisco della Minerva

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A lovely little gem by Bernini.

One cannot help but smile from this whimsical lovely elephant, designed by Bernini. The obelisk and the elephant are located in the middle of the square, next to the church, near... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2017
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rome is full of Obelisks, and although I haven't seen them all, this one was not in my top 10 and to be honest, I think Minerva's obelisk needed some cleaning, plus the area around the Piazza was quite dirty. The Municipio workers need to take better care of their monuments.

Thank Allan M
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

So, you are on your way to the Pantheon & turn a corner to find this beautiful elephant with an obelisk on top. Then you over hear a couple talking about the origins & this made me smile. Apparently, the sculptor's rival lived in this square. So when deciding which way the elephant should face, he got the elephant's backside... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

One cannot help but smile from this whimsical lovely elephant, designed by Bernini. The obelisk and the elephant are located in the middle of the square, next to the church, near the Pantheon.

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 26 November 2016

Obelisco della Minerva is a lovely centerpiece in Piazza della Minerva. The obelisk is 5.47 metres high, including the base it stands 12.69 metres. The pink granite obelisk from Sais, Egypt, is dedicated to Neith and Atum and was made for Pharaoh Apries in the 6th century BC. It was brought to Rome by Domitian in the 1st century AD.... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The obelisk of the Piazza de la Minerva it's a beautiful obelisk on top of an elephant. It is located on Piazza Minerva right across the Grand Hotel de la Minerva and at walking distance from the Pantheon

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Reviewed 15 September 2016

It will not take you more than just a couple minutes to check out this statue. There are lots of obelisks to see in Rome, but I thought this was one of the coolest we saw.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

There are obelisks all over Rome and one might walk past them but this one is worth noting. It's in the Minerva Square in front of the Grande Minerva Hotel. There are also Bernini sculptures all over Rome but this beautifully carved elephant sculptural base is worth noting. It's just steps from the Pantheon toward the back.

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Valhalla, New York
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Reviewed 4 July 2016

Out of all the piazza's in Rome, this small piazza near the Pantheon has my favorite statue. Bernini's statue of an elephant with an obelisk besides admiring the statue there's not really anything else to do here.

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Reviewed 12 June 2016

Rome has the most ancient Egyptian obelisks of any city in the world. One of the best--by my mind, is Bernini's Il Pulcin. It stands directly in front of the basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed the sculpture; it was sculpted by Ercole Ferrata in 1667 and supports a 5th century BC obelisk from the Egyptian... More 

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Reviewed 22 May 2016

The work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini can be found all over Rome, the Obelisco della Minerva (Elephant and Oberlisk) is another example of his work. Located in Piazza Minerva in front of the beautiful St.Minerva Church your eye is immediately drawn to the elephant and its decorations, it is after that that you realise that there is an oberlisk rising... More 

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