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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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surrey, uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

My favourite church in Rome, I first visited over 20 years ago. Times change but re-visiting this church, it felt that not a day had passed by. Its smaller and more intimate than most but therein lies its charm. Don't miss it on a trip to Rome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

this is a lovely place to see and enjoy the art and way they built this castle, you really wonder how do they built this castle with a restricted knowledge of civil engineering those days, it shows they were well ahead of their time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

Such a great experience. Holy relic that cost nothing to enter. I really loved this place. Its a honor to be around this cathedral. Plus the sculptor of Mosses by mAngelo

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

St. Peter in Chains, was really an interesting experience. The statue of Moses is amazing in there. The chains are a moving experience. Mass had started so we stayed for the service -- for a change :)

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

A quaint church, but it did not live up to the promise of the guidebook. It is also worth knowing that, on the day of our visit, it was shut between noon and 3.Luckily we found a restaurant (called Oppio) around the corner on the hill opposite the Colosseum with a nice view and food to help pass the time... More

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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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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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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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