Elefantino in Piazza della Minerva in Rome, by night

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Elefantino in Piazza della Minerva in Rome, by night
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Elefantino in Piazza della Minerva in Rome. Nicknamed in Rome "il pulcino della Minerva" (the chick of the Minerva square). A small elephant carries on his back a small obelisk which is an original Egyptian obelisk dating from the 6th century b.C. The original design by Bernini wanted the space under the belly of the elephant to be empty, like in nature. The weight of the elephant and of the obelisk should have rested entirely on the four legs of the elephant. The design was judged to be too daring. The actual realization, by Ercole Ferrata, is much more conventional (the elephant does not rest on his legs). The nickname Pulcino might be a deformation of the word Porcino, little pig, as the shape of the animal reminded that of a pig. On the left, the entrance of the Complesso del Seminario, where Galileo Galilei was tried by the Inquisition.
Location: Rome Roma [centro storico] [historical centre center]