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St. Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli)

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Address: Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli 4/a, 00184 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 6 488 2865
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Description: This 5th-century church features Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses that...
This 5th-century church features Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses that adorns the incomplete tomb of Pope Julius II.
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Yes, for Michelangeo's sculpture for the tomb of Pope Julius II -- the Moses

The church has a very long history, dating back to the 5th century. It's not the church, however. It's the sculptural tomb, never completed, for Pope Julius II. You can imagine... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The church has a very long history, dating back to the 5th century. It's not the church, however. It's the sculptural tomb, never completed, for Pope Julius II. You can imagine Michelangelo's monumental idea for the tomb -- it would have included 40 statues. Never completed. But here is Moses, one of the monuments in the history of Renaissance art.... More 

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Minnetrista, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

St. Peter in chains. This church holds the chains that imprisoned St. Peter. They are up by the alter under glass. The famed Michelangelo’s Moses is also located at the front right of this church. You can pay a couple Euros to have the statue illuminated, but if you stay for a few minutes, someone else will do it for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This relatively small basilica on the Oppian Hill dates from 439, with many a later addition. It is close to Cavour Metro station, and literally next door to Sapienza University (in fact the engineering department of the University is housed in the basilica's former rectory). This church is known to contain the chains that according to tradition bound St. Peter... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

St. Peter in Chains is a must see when you visit Rome. This is my second visit to the city, and third to this church. Michelangelo's Moses is incredible. I can tell you all about this masterpiece, the stern look in his eyes, the chiseled muscles that were sculpted in marble, the horns sprouting from his head that were there... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Not much curb appeal, but inside you'll find the chains that held St. Peter in prison until the angel led him out through a dream. Amazing that the chains from a couple hundred years ago have persevered as a major part of religious history. Many will contemplate their own spiritual shackles while pondering St. Peter's suffering. Michelangelo's Moses is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I was a little disappointed with the relic of the chains, but found the statuary amazing. The Moses of Michelangelo was superb

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Frederick, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Beautiful church with unassuming exterior. Pope Julius II's tomb is in a chapel to the right of the altar with Michalangelo's Moses (with horns due to a bad translation! - look it up!) just there with hardly a sign. Oh, yep...just another Michelangelo! The Italians are so low-key about all this major art! Don't miss how a cardinal decorated his... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Make time to go to this church. Seeing Michelangelo's Moses was amazing!! Take the time to stop in. It will be worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Amazing that this is a free attraction with a Michelangelo sculpture inside!! Incredible Moses, beautiful church. The other sculptures and relics inside are so worth seeing. Loved it, do take the time to stop in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

St. Peter in Chains can be challenging to find depending on which direction you are approaching from. That said, it is close by the Colosseum and worth the short walk from there. We enjoyed our visit to the St. Peter in Chains. It was nice having some quiet time away from the large crowds. The Chains have this mystic to... More 

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Address: Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli 4/a, 00184 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 6 488 2865
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Monti

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