Piazza della Minerva


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Source: www.druidic.org

Piazza della Minerva is a square in Rome 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.

At the centre of the piazza, backing onto the Inquisition convent, is the 1667 elephant by Bernini and the small obelisk atop it. This obelisk was excavated in the cloister and came from the Iseum. The elephant was known as "il pulcin della Minerva", or "porcino", from the Roman people's story that - uninspired by elephants - Bernini in fact sculpted a pig.



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