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San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Have happened in this church by accident not remembering I would find a masterpiece ... the Moses of Michelangelo. It was a surprise ". Not to be missed.
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  • I don't know if I would come here if it wasn't so easy to get to from SM Maggiore. It is a nice church and may have more relevance if you believe that the chains in the case belonged to St Peter. We w...  read more »
  • This church hides in my opinion the most beautiful work of Miguel Ángel, bassinet. While you are in spare wall where, you can appreciate the beauty of sculpture, which overshadows all displayed in the rest of the temple.
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  • Beautiful. The chains the imprisoned Peter are there...moving. I was happy to light up the Moses I hope it helps to raise money for its preservation for years to come.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Well worth a visit. Perfectly reastaured. Magnificent Michelangelo sculpture. Chains of St. Peter.
  • Very nice church. Cool to see the chains of St. Peter.
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