"Bellini's Elephant" Piazza Della Minerva ? Elephant Tip by leffe3

Piazza Della Minerva ? Elephant, Rome: 18 reviews and 29 photos


The Obelisco con l'Enfante 'Il Pulcino della Santa Maria sopra Minerva' is something of a mouthful, hence why it better know as Bellini's Elephant. Found immediately behind the Pantheon in the Piazza della Minerva, the sculture was provided to 'host' the 6th century BC Egyptian obelisk reportedly found in the gardens of the monastery of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.

It has stood in the square since 1667, the elephant symbolising intelligence and piety, a positive image for Roman Catholics and Christians in general.

Address: Piazza della Minerva

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  • Updated Mar 25, 2007
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