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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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The chains that bound St. Peter were very interesting to see - fascinating to see that they were preserved. Michaelangelo's statue of Moses was incredible, too - you were able to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The chains that bound St. Peter were very interesting to see - fascinating to see that they were preserved. Michaelangelo's statue of Moses was incredible, too - you were able to get very close to it and to admire it - instead of from afar. I thought this church was a little off the beaten path, and we did have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The Pope's tomb is the highlight here as it was carved by the one and only Michelangelo. The altar and surrounds are impressive, spend some time admiring the sculpture to the right of the altar.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I had researched this church and went on a quest to find it once we got to Rome. We climbed a long set of stairs from the road and walked into an unassuming front facade to discover the chains that Saint Peter was locked in when imprisoned in Rome. The chains are in a glass case under the main alter.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

We got up early before our colosseum tour to see this church, and I'm glad we did. It's a little hard to find, but the Moses statue and other paintings were well worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

San Pietro in Vincoli (Church of St Peter in Chains), is in the old part of Rome off Via Cavour, on Oppian Hill overlooking Nero’s Domus Aurea site. Some scholars say that what stands here is a church that was built, then rebuilt and renovated over time. Despite this, it is pretty much the same church as the original 5... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Like all churches in Rome it is full of beautiful paintings and frescoes, but this church also has an impressive statue by Michelangelo of Moses for the tomb of a pope. I recommend giving a small offering to light up the statue. The church is named for a set of chains kept inside that you can see, which were supposedly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We ended our trip by visiting this church. I'm happy we went there. It's not that easy to find, you'll have to walk up some stairs before getting there if you arrive from via cavour. There is no entrance fee. The sculpture of Moses, made by Michelangelo is just wonderful. There is a machine near the sculpture where you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

you must find this hidden gem it is up a set of steps in the back roads you can get to it by the Colosseum it is free to go into and once inside you see the chains that st peter was chained to and a wonderful sculpture

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Also known as the Basilica Eudoxiana, it was first rebuilt on older foundations in 432–440 to house the relic of the chains that bound Saint Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem, the episode called the Liberation of Saint Peter. The Empress Eudoxia (wife of Emperor Valentinian III), who received them as a gift from her mother, Aelia Eudocia, consort... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Famous for it's Micelangelo statue which is impressive but like all of Romes churches is a delighful building. Recommended for a visit if youa re in the area.

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