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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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  • August 18, 2017
    a beautiful experience, with the leadership definitely is better because it explains all the details of the Church
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  • August 18, 2017
    Do not be fooled! The entry do not pay! The Church and the square are very impressive, too little known. There is Michelangelo's Moses (worthy of the Vatican Museums), the tomb of Julius II, Maccabees, the chains of St. Peter. Worth two extra steps.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A simple Church, for everything you see in Rome, but you should know it inside this bassinet, (masterpiece of Miguel Angel), you can walk from the Colosseum, is easy and will be 10 minutes. Really wonderful
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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

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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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