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Piazza della Minerva
City square
Piazza della Minerva towards the Pantheon
Piazza della Minerva towards the Pantheon
LocationRome, Italy
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Coordinates: 41°53′53″N 12°28′39″E / 41.89806°N 12.47750°E / 41.89806; 12.47750

Piazza della Minerva is a piazza in Rome, Italy, near the Pantheon. Its name derives from the existence of a temple built on the site by Pompey dedicated to Minerva Calcidica, whose statue is now in the Vatican Museums.


The obelisk
Looking towards the church
Memorials to the flooding of the River Tiber between 1422 and 1598

Facing this piazza are:


From the 17th century, the convent became the base of the Roman Inquisition or Holy Office, and it housed the trial and recantation of Galileo Galilei. Little remains of the Dominican complex except its cloister: This had been largely rebuilt from the original building, and expropriated by the state in 1870 as the seat of the Ministry of Public Education and for a short time the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications. The cloister now holds the library of the Italian Senate, dedicated to Giovanni Spadolini.

See also


  1. ^ "Piazza della Minerva". Turismo Roma. 1 April 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2024.
Preceded by
Piazza del Popolo
Landmarks of Rome
Piazza della Minerva
Succeeded by
Piazza della Repubblica, Rome