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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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  • Beautiful church with important reliquary. All and so is being pushed to the mausoleum of Pope Julius II-unfinished work of m. Angel with the dominant in the Center the statue of Moses. Old number with the inclusion of lighting after inserting coins. Church quite close to the Colosseum-worth.
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  • Although we are all going to see the impressive sculpture of the Moses of Miguel Angel, the Church itself is worth a visit. It is minimal compared to all of Rome, but your peace of mind, your lighting, makes it cozy. And clear, I mean not as sculpture is there, although I'm glad and is not held by the Vatican?.
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  • It is worth going to admire the Moses of Miguel Angel. EST.a near the Colosseum and the entrance is free
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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.