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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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A really beautiful church. The statue carving by Michelangelo was worth the visit alone but the rest of the church was also very impressively adorned with stunning frescos and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A really beautiful church. The statue carving by Michelangelo was worth the visit alone but the rest of the church was also very impressively adorned with stunning frescos and tombs

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

many years ago this michael angelo's master piece was a unknown turist attraction, and it was all open to the public . now it became a must see attraction visiting Rome. it is a much more beatiful scalpture then David in florance. so if you are in Rome for a visit just go and see this church and see this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Outstanding interior with breathtaking artwork everywhere you turn. The alter with St Peter's chains were beautiful. This is a perfect place to step out of the Italian sun and enjoy some quiet time in a wonderful site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

...just to see Michelangelo's Moses. He didn't end up doing the rest of the tomb, but Moses is sublime. And you get to see the chains, too. After, head down the stairs (twice) and visit via Urbana and rione Monti. It is charming, and purported to be the oldest in Rome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The visit of this church is unique. You get to see the chains that Saint Peter had to suffer from. It is a sad object to look at but at the same time it reminds of a real time history and the sufferings Saint Peter went through for his beliefs, for promoting Jesus Christ and the Christianity to people, for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

A slightly less visited church. A little more austere than some of the overwhelmingly beautiful churches. The attractions are the chains and their historic and compelling story of St Peter. But the major attraction is of course Michaelangelo's Moses - a must visit to see the work of genius. A couple of Euro lights up the statue if you wish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains) is one of the most popular church visits to make in Rome and is often combined with visits to Colosseo, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill attractions located nearby. Note opening hours of 8-12pm and 3-6pm (winter) and 7pm (summer). The church history reaches back to the early 5th century, being originally built... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

One of Rome's wonders. There is Michelangelo's masterpiece, Moses, with the famous horns (the erroneous translation (from Hebrew) of the words meaning 'rays of light' but also 'horns'), dating to 1515 and originally designed as a part of a much bigger-scale tomb of Pope Julius II. There is also one of the venerated Christian relics, allegedly the chains of Saint... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

An amazing sculpture by Michelangelo. Well worth visiting. Its also not as busy as the other sites so offers a little respite from the crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We visited May 9 and the work of Michael Angelo is as fascinating as 31 years ago. Pictures, videos and other descriptions are far short of seeing the statue in person. My only question is this his best work. His paintings and fresco are highly thought of, but to me they do not have the life as impact of this... More 

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