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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. To visit San Pietro in Vincoli on your holiday in Rome, and find out what else Rome has to offer, use our Rome trip itinerary maker site .
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  • The basilica was pre-existent with respect to the time of Michelangelo, who were entrusted with the work of "modernization". Here you can find, admire, contemplate, one of the most beautiful sculptures of the Renaissance period: the Moses of Michelangelo. But do not stop here: In this basilica in fact stand out frescoes worthy of note and, interesting but strange, on the sides there are funerary niches (or graves that you want) in which they rest in peace notables of the time surrounded by depicts of skeletons and Death itself. Strange to depict a pagan symbol as "the Dark Lady armed with sickle" in a sacred place. Or maybe I'm the one who didn't shoot much...
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  • We arrive by climbing a beautiful staircase under an arch from via Cavour, inside we find the Moses of Michelangelo and at the base of the altar are kept the chains (bonds) of St. Peter. Church quite bare for the rest.
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  • An absolutely unique Basilica where Michelangelo's works remain in history and admire perpetually. A staircase and a churchyard make sure to enter into the splendour of art and mystical faith. All around it is wonderful and we get excited, statues, paintings, frescoes, crypt, in evidence the Moses and the tomb of Julius II.
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  • Like most Rome church is magnificent. It deserves a visit. Plus you can see one of the Michaelangelo most famous sculpture
  • I like this place. Very famous things here and it’s much less travelled than other things in the city. Plenty of chairs & space to enjoy yourself & be in awe of the space. Sweet cafe around the corner to grab a hot chocolate while you wait for the church to open.
  • This unassuming church tucked away on a hill just blows your mind away with what is has - the chains that held St Peter and a few metres away, Michelangelo's Moses. Whether you believe in the Chains, is in my opinion - irrelevant; it's their accepted belief and tradition and you just go with it. This church is so Rome - the ancient, religious, renaissance, modernity - coexist jarringly and yet seemlessly ...just there, just marvelous. That it's relatively empty, makes for quiet contemplation of its wonders. I hope it never gets overrun with hordes of tourists.
  • Amzing, breathtaking. Get there at 730am for no line. The walk up to the top of the dome is worth it! Bring camera
  • This is a beautiful basilica that houses Michalangelo's second most famous sculpture The Moses. It is a magnificent piece of work. This church also houses the relic of the chains that bound Saint Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. Entrance is free and it is a glorious church.
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