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San Pietro in Vincoli

Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4a, 00184 Rome, Italy

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    Catherine
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    5 Aug 15, 2012

    Beautiful church! It's worth a visit inside to see the mosaics, frescoes and sculptures.

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    Jim Barton
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    5 Sep 08, 2012
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    5 Sep 19, 2013

    The church of Saint Peter in Chains is notable for Michelangelo's historic statue of Moses, part of the tomb of Pope Julius II.

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    5 Oct 03, 2012

    San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains) is a minor basilica in Rome that houses St. Peter's chains and Michelangelo's famous Moses statue. The chains said to have held Peter in Rome and Jerusalem are kept in a reliquary under the main altar in the basilica. Michelangelo's magnificent Moses, which dates from 1515, is the most notable piece of artwork in the basilica. It was originally intended as part of a 40-statue funeral monument for Pope Julius II.
    From the V. Cavour Metro station, cross the boulevard and walk up the flight of stairs. Turn right into the piazza; the church is on the left.

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    5 Aug 10, 2013

    The chains of St. Peter are indeed on display at the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, though, unlike modern magic acts, one can't actually touch them to see if they're real. (I suppose that's a matter of faith.) The church is beautiful, as are many churches in Rome, but the vincoli and a statue of Moses by Michelangelo are the highlights. Be sure to spot them!

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    3 Jul 23, 2013

    Another Michelangelo's masterpiece is found in this particular church; and it's the statue of Moses. Not so grand but the details are incredibly impressive, that even Michelangelo himself said: "Talk Moses! TALK!"

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    5 Jul 12, 2013

    St. Peter in Chains Church (graphic, I know) houses Michelangelo's spectacular giant sculpture of Moses, which was meant to be part of Pope Julius' tomb.

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    John M
    5 Jun 03, 2013

    The two chains ussed to shackle St. Peter are here displayed below the high altar. However, the church is now best know for Michelangelo's Tomb of Pope Julius II. Highlighting the Tomb is the tremendous statue of a bearded Moses holding the tablets of the 10 commandments.

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  • San Pietro in Vincoli
    Rachel Parrott
    4 Jul 27, 2012

    Beautiful church, but the interior is way more impressive than its exterior. The relics on display...well, everyone makes up their own minds, I guess. Definitely go inside if you're nearby.

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    Craig Kellar
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    The church itself was OK, but I fell in love with Michelangelo's Moses sculpture. Worth a visit just for the Moses.

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According to legend, when Pope Leo I placed St. Peter’s bondage chains from Jerusalem with those of his final imprisonment in Mamertine Prison, the two sets joined together miraculously. The chains are now displayed under the altar at San Pietro in Vincoli (“Saint Peter in Chains”), a titular church in Rome. The basilica features a myriad of artwork, from beautiful mosaics and frescoes to Michelangelo’s famous statue of Moses.
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