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St. Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli)

Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli 4/a, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 6 488 2865
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Ranked #18 of 682 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Owner description: This 5th-century church features Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses that adorns the incomplete tomb of Pope Julius II.
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Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Set in a quiet area close to the hotel was this incredible church containing amazing treasures including a sculpture of Moses by Michelangelo.

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Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

This church is not easy to find (located not far from the Colosseum) but when you do find it this non-de-script church from the outside is amazing on the inside. I heard about it from someone who'd just been to Rome and recommended it - and it was worth it. No crowds. Peaceful and tranquil. The statue of Moses by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Recommended as a must see. Very close to the Colosseum, lots of cool sculptures. Crowds were small and no fee to enter.

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We nearly missed it because it is not easy to find. Make sure you get there before 12 or after 3. It definitely has wow factor. No flash photography it plenty of light for photographs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

The statue of Moses by Michelangelo was over whelming. It is well worth the steps to the church. No admission to the church. You have to see it to believe it. No crowds and very close to the Forum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Very close to the Colosseum. Worth the detour. Come with some euro coins to "light up the sculpture"

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We tracked down this church to see Michelangelo's Moses and the chains that legend has it held St. Peter in prison. Reached by an amazing entry up a set of stairs you really feel the history as you approach it. The church itself is amazing and holds many other interesting and unique statues and artwork. Will be visiting this place... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We managed to see this church just before leaving for Florence to see David. Near David are partially finished sculptures that Michangelo intended for an altar in San Pietro in Vincoli. Only one was finished...Moses...and is on powerful display in the church. This masterpiece was well worth the cab fare to this somewhat out of the way church. Saint Peter's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

You can see San Pietro on a map and get close to it but finding the door is not so easy. Approaching from the Via Cavour one must ascend a large set of steps into a piazza where the basilica awaits. This Michelangelo statue of St. Peter in Chains will take your breath away. Well worth a stop when you... More

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Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Michelangelo's Moses is the main "draw" here, but there are also the chains that are said to have held St. Peter, and of course the church itself is a masterpiece inside. Note that it is closed for the usual "siesta" period, so check the opening times.

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