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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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Enjoyed the sculpture of Moses, and the other works of art. Especially striking were the inlaid marble work in some areas of the floor. Many great churches to visit in Rome... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the sculpture of Moses, and the other works of art. Especially striking were the inlaid marble work in some areas of the floor. Many great churches to visit in Rome. Make sure this is one of them. It's on the way to the Colosseum!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Otherwise ugly (by Italy standards) church that has the chains that held St. Peter on display. Wasn't my favorite but have heard from others it was incredibly moving.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Absolutely beautiful artwork! Be respectful, regardless of your beliefs. There will be people silently praying because this is a church for everyone to visit and pray. Take photos but do not use flash, and turn off the sound. They do have a small gift shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic place to visit it's a must you can feel the history and it's not as crowded as other places but dress sensibly as you may offend.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Crowds are kept at quite a distance and the lighting is episodic, poor and entirely dependent on bystanders dropping a 50-cent-piece into a donation box. Quite an ignominious fate for such an extraordinary work of art. Very disappointing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

San Pietro in Vincoli ( St Peter in Chains) 跟 San Pietro in Vaticano不一樣,評論中夾雜了兩個地方,有點誤導了吧。主因是St.Peter/San Pietro之中文譯名。其實在地標名稱上修正為"in Chains/鎖鏈 ",可避免誤會。

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

watch out for opening hours. I arrived at 15:00 as it was opening up in the afternoon walked in and took a pic of the Moses statue... Very impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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

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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