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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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  • We ascend stairs and slope, between music of accordion, to reach the last church of the evening, until it closed. Famous for hosting the Moisés of Miguel Angel. There he comes, light and non-light. Impressive, in the Centre, at his side more sculptures, probably his, over others who say that it could design to be finished by others. It is the mausoleum of Julio II in the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli. We look, remiramos, light goes off and return it to power. People coming and going but no crowds. There are also chains of Pedro and a beautiful picture of Santa Margarita, the work of Guercino. It doesn't look right and it is sure all lamps, all the lights, go to Moses.
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  • We have a must on a visit to Rome Basilica, because inside the mausoleum of Pope Julio II, lies with the statue of Miguel Ángel of Moisés. We can also see the relics of the chains that tied to San Pedro in his imprisonment in Jerusalem.
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  • San Pietro in Vincoli-St. Peter in chains is a stone's throw away from the Coliseum, but not all tourists to her ... and for good reason! The Basilica is interesting, firstly, their Christian relics-here in the crypt of Saint Peter's chains of stores, secondly, there is the famous Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses. Called "Moses with horns". Is impressive!
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  • Really am incredible Basilica. Enormous, with amazing sculptures and art. Admission is free, and the long line was faster than I expected. It does cost a bit too go up in the dome. I didn't do that due to time constraints. Ignore the people trying to sell you tours outside. Most (all?) of them are lying about savings and alternatives.
  • Located close to the Colosseo this basilica is worth the side trek. Michelangelo' stupendous masterpiece and the frescoes above the main altar make it worthwhile. Overshadowed by Moses the side chapels are worth a look too. Especially the two on the left that look like they came from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings!
  • Una de les raons per vindre a Roma: gaudir del Moises de Miquel Angel. It is one of the reasons to come to Rome: to enjoy watching the amazing piece of art performed by Michel Angelo: The Moises.
  • Rome is like an open air exhibition where you enrich your mind and soul. Ancient historical monuments such as Colosseum, Trajan's Column , Roman Forum or Hadrian's Arch are overwhelming as much as St. Peter's Basilica with Michelangelo's Pieta or Sixtine Chapel in the Vatican Museum are breathtaking. The entrance fee varies from place to place but, by and large, they are affordable and, most importantly , it's worth every single penny.  However, few tourists know that in Rome there is a place with no entrance fees, where you can see the magnificent massive sculpture of Moses made by Michelangelo.and the Reliquary with the chains of St. Peter. This place is called Basilica San Pietro in Vincolo and it takes only 5 minutes to get there from Colosseum .  This is indeed a "regalo " which is very much appreciated by tourists We were so grateful our hotel concierge told us about this Church (rebuilt in13th- century)...the massive sculpture of Moses is amazing! My words can't justly describe it, so, from their website: "The prophet who comes down from Mount Sinai with the Tables of the Law is a majestic work. It also inspires a sense of awe. He arrives to find the Israelites adoring a Calf of Gold. The veins and muscles seem to convey a sense of movement in the sculpture, and an impression of Moses’ fury at what he saw. Moses’ face portrays solemnity and ire." Other aspects of the Old Testament story and figures surrounding it, are Roman interpretation. Surprised it is not in more sightseeing recommendations.o
  • A measure of synchronicity. Michaelangelo's Moses amongst Pietra dura floors and walls. Another attraction is a 17th century painting of St Peter in Chains. Besides the painting the Basilica has the original chains in a glass case at the front in it's own step down grotto/alcove made of colored marbles. The skeleton's on the left hand wall are life-like and are the Halloween decorations extraordinaire. Amazing free find. Closes for a very long lunch. 3PM is the time to go.

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