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San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome

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Tourists and pilgrims flock to 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. Before you head to Rome, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rome vacation generator, to make sure you see all that Rome has to offer, including San Pietro in Vincoli.
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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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  • This church provides two attractions in one. First are the chains on display believed to be the chains that imprisoned St. Peter on two different occasions that have miraculously fused together. The o...  more »
  • I had no idea what was hidden in this church until my tour guide mentioned it. Michelangelo's Moses took my breath away. It looks like he's alive! There weren't a lot of people. There is a dress code ...  more »
  • Free entry to view a iconic Michelangelo sculpture of Moses (if sculpture is your thing). Went early and found it virtually empty. Steep set of stairs 50+ leading up to the church from Via Cavour.  more »
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  • An important church to visit. Michelangelo's Moses is worth seeing and the church is beautiful. Closed in the middle of the day. We came just as they had closed. Then we ate a lunch and went up and down and up and down the streets and stairs in Monti. At 15 o'clock they opened again. It was worth waiting for.
  • Has great significance for Christians. But non-Christians also visit and admire the beautiful artwork in the building.
  • A must see. Michelangelo' Moses is a masterwork. The rest of the church is worthy of attention as well.
  • This is a Beauty is disguise. Outside the church looks nothing special, but inside far away in the back corner sits the work of Michelangelo! The statue of Moses, sculptured out of marble from 1513 - 1515. Also inside is the reliquary containing the Chains of St Peter. The inside of this church is truly, Amazing!
  • Michelangelo piece is great, but also some other details caught my attention, so this is a worthy visit, even if you are tired of Roman churches