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Rome in shock as another historic landmark vandalised


Police in Rome are examining CC-TV footage in a bid to identify vandals who damaged one of the city's most famous pieces of public sculpture, Bernini's Elephant and Obelisk.

Rome in shock as another historic landmark vandalised
A woman takes a picture of the Elephant statue of Bernini with a tusk detached after an overnight incident, 
on 15 November, 2016 at Piazza della Minerva in Rome. Police are examining CC-TV footage in a bid to 
identify vandals who damaged one of the city's most famous pieces of public sculpture, Bernini's Elephant
 and Obelisk. The elephant was commissioned by the then pope, Alexander VII, to support an obelisk 
from ancient Egypt that had only recently been excavated [Credit: Andreas Solaro/AFP]
The landmark work, tucked away in a little square near the Pantheon, features an elephant carrying the obelisk on its back and was first placed in the Piazza della Minerva in the 17th Century.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini oversaw the sculpture of the elephant, which had the tip of its left trunk broken off in the overnight incident. The elephant was commissioned by the then pope, Alexander VII, to support an obelisk from ancient Egypt that had only recently been excavated.

The damage to the Bernini elephant comes after fans of Dutch football club Feyenoord caused outrage in February 2015 by damaging a fountain created by the sculptor that stands at the bottom of Rome's fabled Spanish Steps.

Source: AFP [November 15, 2016]
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2 comments :

  1. Another victim of the ivory trade.

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  2. what does Rome expect when it is filled with anti image non assimilating muslim "refugees"??

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