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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 #21 of 742 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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Eden Prairie, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Very beautiful church with wonderful works of art on the walls and ceilings. Biblical story with regard to the chains on display. Worth the visit but off the beaten path a bit. The statue of Moses and it's surrounding is some of the best marble sculpture we seen. Not to be missed. Some of my photos appear to have been... More

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We have visited a great many churches in Rome. This one was not quite as gaudy as some, but it did have some great works of art. Worth the climb up the many stairs to get to it.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Its a climb up to this church, but well worth it. Beneath the alter in a glass enclosure are the chains that it is said bound St. Peter when he was brought to Rome. Of additional significant importance, this beautiful church also holds Michelangelo's masterpiece "Moses". This was intended to be a part of a very large papal tomb, but... More

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Pitesti, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The "Moses" by Michelangelo was the main reason to my visit in this basilica and it worth it! also the chains that are said to have bound St. Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem are in this basilica. You really need to visit this!

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Albufeira, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The church of San Pietro in Vincoli is a Roman church. Its construction began in 431, and was dedicated to the apostles Peter and Paul. There´s NO prove that the chains that rome catholic tradition says had held St. Peter in prison, are genuine. I would go there to the the amazing sculpture of Moses. This is one of the... More

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Worcester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Unspoilt but like all churches, very busy! It's a bit of the beaten track, but I made it part of my walk to the Colloseum

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Very worth to get there before starting the visit of the Colosseum. Very interesting pieces of Arts apart from St Peter's chain reliquary including a huge sculpture realised by Michelangelo. Take the time to walk around the church and discover the different pieces in the alcoves. Decent outfit recommended.

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If this means the Vatican City then my jaw is still on the floor...St Peter's Church is nothing short of spectacular and I'm not the touristy type....I didn't have time to do the Vatican museum but now I wish I had...I had 2 days there feeling very unwell after a year+ in Africa but my tip is see the main... More

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Beaverton, Oregon, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

A wonderful church which contains the third of the three most important works of Michaellangelo's sculptures. Don't miss. And it's FREE!

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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This church is a little difficult to find, but it is well worth it to see one of the greatest pieces of art in the world, not to mention the chains which it is believed St. Peter was bound to during his captivity. As legend has it, when Michelangelo was finished sculpting Moses, he struck it with his chisel and... More

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