We had a brief visit to this area in the post of the Spanish Steps. We were here to meet our tour guide for one of our schedule tours of Rome. This plaza is to the left at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, just a few steps from the Metro stop. We found a great little restaurant for lunch tucked in the corner of the plaza near this center statue…. but really.. there’s a great little restaurant on every corner in Rome!
The Column of the Immaculate Conception is a nineteenth-century monument in central Rome depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary, located in what is called Piazza Mignanelli, towards the south east extension of Piazza di Spagna. It was placed aptly in front of the offices of the Palazzo di Propaganda Fide (offices for promulgating the faith), now renamed the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
The structure is a square marble base with statues of biblical figures at the corners that uphold a column of Cipollino marble of 11.8 meters. Atop the column is a bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, sculpted by Giuseppe Obici. The standard imagery of the immaculate conception is used: a virgin on a crescent, atop the world, stomping a serpent (a symbol of the original sin assigned to all women since Eve, except the Virgin Mary).