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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 #19 of 688 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: This 5th-century church features Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: This 5th-century church features Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses that adorns the incomplete tomb of Pope Julius II.
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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

There are no words to express the breathtaking feeling of power in the art of Michelangelo. Moses, in San Pietro in Vincoli, is pure art triggering an emotion that only our senses can capture. The expertise of Michelangelo and our chance to admire it. A must in Rome. Unique experience.

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Kensington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Worth the trip to this off the beaten path church just to see Michelangelo's Moses. There is no entrance fee although you do have to pay 0.50 euro's to light up the Moses...well worth it, in my opinion, for pictures. But if you think that's too much just wait a few min as someone will surely drop a coin in... More 

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Asti, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The force of Michelangelo sculptures. It is said the author exclaimed :" Parla " that is " Speak" when he finished his work. Really the visitor feels this huge figure has a a soul

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

From the outside it looks like a markethall, inside you find the beautiful horned Mozes statue by Michelangelo and if you are a believer you will be impressed by Petrus' chains.

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Tahoe City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

On a recent trip to Rome my wife and I decided this was one of many churches we had to visit. Primarily due to the opportunity to see the chains that are said to have held Peter and Paul when there were in a prison near the Forum. On the day we visited we had just left Santa Maria Maggiore.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

When I went there, the chained saint was lit up for 30 seconds on payment of 50 cents, which seemed steep to me. There was ALSO a dontations box, so I guess this is forced giving. No wonder the catholic church is rich.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Three Michelangelo masterpieces are located in this church, including his famous sculpture of Moses. If you are short on time in Rome, simply hire a taxi to take you there and wait while you dash in to see this amazing sculpture.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

It was a challenge finding this place. On the tourist map, it looks like it should be a cinch to find near the Cavour Metro stop. I circled around and around and asked shopkeepers for directions. (Thankfully, there are some nice shops and restaurants in that area and I stopped and had one of the best panini ever...) The secret... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Houses a multimedia show where you go through the different parts of the prison with lights, videos and commentaries. The walls will talk to you! Worth seeing Just 5 euros, or included on some inclusive passes.

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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Michelangelo's epic horned Moses sculpture is a must see in Rome, regardless of how many days you're staying. Make room to visit!!! You won'tregret it. Check out the size of the head... story goes that the artist oversculpted it... but was so pleased with the result that he added a huuuuuge beard to help out with the proportions. Really, don't... More 

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