Roman Street Art and Missed Churches

Posted on August 9, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Rome, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , |

89 mary and bill at elephant at pantheon

Here we are at the Bernini elephant sculpture right near the Pantheon in Rome.  This magnificent sculpture is just out in the middle of the street!  It is amazing what you find in Rome just wandering around.

Here is the saddest part:  unbeknownst to us there is a very important church right behind this sculpture:  Santa Maria sopra Minerva which is the only extant example of original Gothic church building in Rome AND which houses a Michelangelo sculpture, Christ the Redeemer.  There is nothing to my eye that made the building look like a church and somehow I missed it in the guidebook, so there you have it.  We must return to Rome!

87 fountain in ghetto

And here we have the turtle fountain created in 1580 just tucked into a tiny area in between buildings.  The fountains and sculptures and archeological sites sprinkled around the city are truly wondrous to stumble upon.  I love walking a city like this so as not to miss these little delights!

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