Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Santa Maria sopra Minerva

On our way to the Trevi Fountain, we stopped at the only original Gothic church in Rome, Santa Maria sopra Minerva; in front is a charming elephant, carved by Bernini, supporting an obelisk found nearby during excavations. The church was built in 1370 over the ruins of a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis, which was erroneously ascribed to the Greco-Roman goddess Minerva.

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