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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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  • Church or Basilica because of the cuffs or bands with which Peter was tied up on the way to the prison (hence Pietro in vincoli). This is also where Michelangelo's statue of Moses. Legend has it that Michelangelo threw his chisel in the image and thus the knee of Moses damaged. The image can light up for 1eur. From Via Cavour there is a beautiful but tricky climb to this place.
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  • In a small square next to the Colosseum is one of the great Basilicas of Christianity. The Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli. Or Saint Peter in chains. Here are stored the chains (chains), in which was placed St. Peter (or Shimon Bar Jona) in 42. These chains atriarh Jerusalem gave the Roman Empress Eudoxia, and to store them and was founded in 440 g. This Basilica. It is believed that these chains have healing properties, and believers all over the world try to come here to worship them. By the way, in that same Basilica is stored brilliant sculpture-Moses Miklandzhelo. 40 years, Michelangelo worked on the sculpture! To visit!
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  • A grat place to vist for a quiet moment in the heart of rome away from all the noise.and a very interesting church 
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  • The most beautiful building in the world! I could spend days in here looking at all the amazing architecture. A most see in Rome
  • Rather plain looking basilica from the outside, the inside however is amazing. We were able to get up close and see the chains the held St. Peter. Sadly we entered the church just before the start of mass and were asked to leave just before it began.
  • Beautiful church with incredible architecture. Well worth the visit to see Michaelangelo's Moses.
  • Great place to get out of the rush within Rome itself. No entry fee, so beware of people asking for it. Although well hidden, worth a look.
  • Beautiful place. Sad that you need to pay to have the light on to take pictures of the statue of Moses. But otherwise very good. Be careful they close between midday and three.