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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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  • While in Rome I was wondering: where is El Moisés? Finding out I found out that it was in this church, where were also the chains with which was prisoner Pedro. A simple Church, houses the work of Miguel Angel, which, next to Godliness and the David are part of his work Summit in sculptures. We had in luck to arrive in a period of spare parts, reason by which other works surrounding El Moisés could not you see, behind the scaffolding. Also Miguel Angel Adjutant, performed these works so yes the "highlight" could be seen.
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  • The Moses is a sculpture by the Italian artist Michelangelo housed in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. Commissioned in 1505 by Pope Julius II for his tomb, it depicts the biblical figure M...  more »
  • A must-see Church to contemplate the sculpture composition is the tomb of Pope Julio II in which the Moisés of Miguel Angel finds. An of the jewels of the sculpture of all the times. Made in marble white and of impressive realism this sculpture is worth if it a visit a visit. The Church is located close to the Coliseum so the visit to the Coliseum can be leveraged to approaching a moment and not miss the contemplation of this masterpiece.
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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.