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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 #20 of 725 attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Description: This 5th-century church features Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses that adorns the incomplete tomb of Pope Julius II.
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Hartsville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is worth the little bit of walking to get to it. If you can get in when the crowds are small take your time and look at everything, there is so much to see and it is all amazing.

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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We went to St peter in Chains before heading to the Coliseum...very short tour there is not a lot to see. It was ok.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It's amazing these links of metal are still intact as well as they are. Wondrous art work although many would consider some of it of a macabre nature. Still enjoyable though.

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Wadsworth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

It's not busy at all. A perfect mid-afternoon stop if you aren't taking a break. I had the place almost to myself. Has significant history and is near the ancient Ran sites.

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Sumter, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This basilica is truly a hidden treasure. We discovered the basilica by accident and what a find! The basilica is not particularly impressive from the outside but all changes when you enter the church. The interior is impressive and the associated history is quite remarkable. Although overall not a "must see," I would recommend visiting if time allows or you... More

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Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The church is really nothing...but Michelangelo's magnificent Moses is here. Ironically, it is in front of the grave of Pope Julius--the same guy who drove Michelangelo so he, Julius, would have a magnificent grave that filled St. Peter's. Instead the only reason folks come here is to see the Moses. If you are interested in their history, I would recommend... More

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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

A pleasant discovery was how close San Pietro in Vincoli was to the hotel that we were staying in Rome. It was a 5-minute walk (or rather, climb up a steep set of stairs). Named for the chains (on display) that bound Apostle Peter during his captivity in Rome, this unpretentious church also holds Michelangelo’s marble statue of Moses. Exquisite!... More

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Herzlia, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The church is okay, nothing special except a really beautiful (and famous) sculpture of Moses by Michaelangelo.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Loved the history behind this church. St Peters chains were an interesting story and the 40 year epic for Michelangelo of Pope Julius II's memorial is also fascinating. The carving of Moses in the memorial is simply stunning. Compared to some of Romes sights it is blissfully relatively untouristed. If you get here early enough you can virtually have it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

The climb to this amazing location was well worth the time. The Moses cannot be missed.. the marble is so smooth, it looks so creamy. The chains - held in such simple reverence. While I'm not an overtly religious person, the significance of the chains doesn't elude me. And, having toured the Vatican. Highly recommended for a quiet morning.

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