Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome

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Tourists and pilgrims flock to Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli to see both the legendary chains of St. Peter, which are said to have bound him when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem, and Michelangelo's statue of Moses, built as part of a tomb of Pope Julius II. The church, consecrated in 439 CE, underwent several major restorations over the centuries. The most notable renovation and expansion effort added the front portico and the cloister in the 15th century. Michelangelo's "Moses," with two small horns sticking out of his head, was intended as part of a massive, 47-statue monument for Pope Julius II, but it eventually became the centerpiece of the funeral monument and tomb. Moses' horns, once the subject of much curiosity, simply represent beams of light, a kind of iconographic symbolism common in early sacred art. To visit Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli on your holiday in Rome, and find out what else Rome has to offer, use our Rome trip itinerary maker site .
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  • The church is inconspicuous from the outside. Hardly recognizable as a church.... But inside is an absolute highlight of our Rome trip. The Moses statue of Michelangelo is so detailed... You could have spent hours and looked at them. Because of the statue alone, it is worth visiting the church. Moreover, it was not as crowded as other sights in Rome.
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  • Again you find another wonder of the genius Michelangelo. The sculpture of Moses. Without words, he leaves you. You can also see the chains of San Pedro.
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  • We were out for a walk and stumbled across this beautiful church. Inside much to my surprise was a sculpture done by Michelangelo.  more »
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  • A must visit place in Rome where one can spend a quite and intimate couple of hours. Striking sculpture by Michelangelo. Remarkable wall painting in the nave. Marvelous inlay of St. Sebastian and many other wall pieces. Watching the €2 video tour is highly recommended.
  • One of my favorite stops in Rome! Not only do you get to see one of the most amazing sculptures from Michelangelo (my opinion), the Illumination of Moses, but you also get to see the Chains that held Peter in captivity, as well as an absolutely amazing Basilica! It is definitely one of the top places to visit in Rome.
  • Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses in this chapel is amazing! It also contains the purported chains of St Peter. Other than these two interesting pieces, there's not much to see here, though.
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica was fantastic! I didn’t realize how big it is was until I went inside. It was quite remarkable to see all the fine detail and effort it took to build this wonderful masterpiece. I am not a religious man but I sure can appreciate and take in the magnificence of this beautiful place. It was also neat to see how many people this place affects and all the faith it brings to people. Definitely try to visit this place. Also my wife and I purchased the Omnia/Roma Pass which helped us skip the huge line and we got in within 10-15 minutes. If you have any questions just ask and I’ll help you at!
  • Michelangelo sculpture. No wait, no line, no admission. Easy walk from other sights. Cool on a blazing-hot day. What's not to like? Five stars. Geil.
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