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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 730 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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zgharta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The outside of the church isnt impressive. ..and the inside is normal, not like all the other churches we have seen in rome. The chains and the michealangelo's moses are the only things worth seein. ( sorry but thats my opinion )

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Portland Dorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Some amazing stonework inside and some interesting paintings, too. Not convinced about the chains themselves, smells a little too "Turin Shroudy" to me, but whatever floats your boat!

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Without a car, it is quite a climb up many stairs to reach this church. It is worth the climb. While the supposed chains that bound St. Peter will draw many, the true treasure is Michelangelo's statue of Moses. Although coins have to be put into a box to bath the statue in light, the statue is worth the climb... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The outside isn't very impressive, but the inside is a must see. No where else will you be able to stand so close to a large Michelangelo piece and certainly not without a anything blocking your site. The art on the walls are some of my favorites in Rome.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We visited this church during a family trip to Rome. The chains that bound St. Peter were prominently displayed and very moving. To be able to see them so closely gave me chills. Also in the church is the magnificent sculpture of Moses by Michelangelo. No lines and no chants of "Silence!" To be able to see this masterpiece up... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We decided to visit San Pietro in Vincoli as an afterthought while visiting the Coliseum and the Forum. We are extremely thankful that we did. Besides the chains that held St. Peter relics, the statues carved by Michelangelo, intended as part of his burial monument, are magnificent, particularly his statue of Moses! The best part is that it can be... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Michelangelo had started on what was going to be Pope Julius' Tomb and he was excited to work on it when he was summoned to paint the Cistene Chapel. But for me, the simplicity and exquisite detail of this church was just awesome. It takes just a few minutes but you are rewarded with two treasures (beyond that of the... More

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alfreton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This Roman Catholic titular church and minor basilica. See Michelangelo's statue of Moses, and part of the tomb of Pope Julius II. The history is good. Not many tourists here, so you'll have room to breath. Nearest Metro, blue line, Cavour station. Next to colloseum.

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Oslo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

awesome art in this church!it's a quiet, little, out of the way church, up a few cute steps not far from Santa Maria Maggiore, absolutely worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The Basilica of St. Peter in Chains isn't as high on the must-visit list (therefore not the pressing crowds seen at other churches) but is certainly worth including on the to-visit list. the facade is much less imposing than other churches, but the interior is impressive and in the right nave is Michelangelo's celebrated Moses.

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