Elefantino

Elefantino information

Rome , Italy
Address
Street Piazza della Minerva
Getting there
bus Largo di Torre Argentina
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Just south of the Pantheon, the Elefantino is a curious and much-loved sculpture of a puzzled elephant carrying a 6th-century-BC Egyptian obelisk. Unveiled in 1667 and designed to glorify Pope Alexander VII, the elephant, symbolising strength and wisdom, was sculpted by Ercole Ferrata to a design by Bernini. The obelisk was taken from the nearby Chiesa di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.