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Vandals break tusk of Bernini elephant statue in Rome

Published 14/11/2016

A view of the damaged Elephant and Obelisk statue, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, in piazza della Minerva near the Pantheon, in Rome (AP)
A view of the damaged Elephant and Obelisk statue, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, in piazza della Minerva near the Pantheon, in Rome (AP)

Police are investigating the apparent vandalism of the famed Elephant and Obelisk statue designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the Piazza della Minerva in Rome.

Rome cultural authorities said that vandals overnight broke off the tip of the elephant's left tusk, which authorities recovered at the foot of the statue close to the Pantheon.

Police were checking video in the area to identify the vandals.

The statue of an elephant carrying an obelisk on its back was commissioned by Pope Alexander VII.

It was placed in the square in front of the Santa Maria Sopra Minevra Basilica in 1667.

Another Bernini statue, the La Barcaccia fountain at the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome, was vandalised by Dutch football fans in 2015.

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