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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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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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Statue by Michaelangelo

One of the more famous of the Michaelangelo statues is the Moses in the church of St Peter in Chains. Go to the church look at the statue. Marvel at the craftsmanship of the... read more

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the more famous of the Michaelangelo statues is the Moses in the church of St Peter in Chains. Go to the church look at the statue. Marvel at the craftsmanship of the sculpture and the sculptor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We stumbled upon this church on our first trip to Rome in the 1980s. Imagine our shock when we came within touching distance of the mighty and provocative Moses by Michelangelo Buonarotti himself. Stunning! These days, if you go late in the day, there's a coin slot to light the sculpture. The rendering of Moses is somewhat controversial because Moses... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Michelangelo used to say that "The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection". Therefore if you would like to see another masterpiece of "Divine Perfection" you should go to St. Peter in Chains. It is a bit hidden, but you should definitely go there. There are several options: 1) If you are in the city... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful Church, unique among almost one thousand churches in Rome. Its most special attraction for tourists is the Michaelangelo's Moses.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We weren't sure if we arrived at the right building. It's not much to look at from the outside, but inside it's gorgeous! To see the chains that held St. Peter in jail was emotionally moving. The chains are in a box on the altar. It made you really think about the martyrs who made it possible for us to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In St. Peter's Bascilica is a small shrine where St. Peter's chains are kept safe and lit for viewing. You get a somber feeling and thoughts go through your mind about what it must have been like. It is a peaceful place, but sad and joyful at the same time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A nice little church where you can see the chain that held St. Peter and the angels dismantled. There was also some beautiful paintings there and the statue of Moses. Worth seeing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

when you enter ant stand in front of the chains you will fell something out of this world, go highty recomende

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When you stop to think about the chains and what they must have seen it really sends a chill down your spine. Take time out for a coffee after visiting and try and put into todays perspective what you have seen. Mot the most impressive of churchs in rome, but very special

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Michelangelo and his Moses share this pre-renaissance Basilica with the "chains" that Peter wore in Rome 2000 years ago. Now, a close look will probably debunk the latter, but stroll around and look up. Lots of impressive tidbits on display.

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