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La Pieta

Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 25 Attractions in Vatican City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Owner description: The most beautiful work inside St. Peter's Cathedral is...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Owner description: The most beautiful work inside St. Peter's Cathedral is Michelangelo's famous La Pietà, considered by many to be the most moving piece of sculpture ever created.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

It's a stunning piece of art. The detail is amazing. It's unfortunate that many years ago someone attempted to destroy it and do now you are pretty far away fr the statue and it's behind plexiglass - makes it difficult to see it well and fully appreciate it, but it is beautiful. It only takes a few minutes and is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

A beautiful, beautiful and tender testament to maternal love and sacrifice (of both Mary and Jesus). I only wish it were possible to see it closer or without the glass wall (unfortunately necessary due to somebody attacking it years ago). I went back and visited it a few times. I would love a chance to just sit and pray/meditate it,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

... and then you see the Pietá. Marvellous. Really worth queueing for. Worth the queue. And the elbows.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Michelangelo was at his very best in sculpting The Pieta. You hardly notice how he made Mary much larger in proportion to Jesus. He apparently did this to add perspective to the grouping. While the sculpting is refined and so beautiful, the emotion inspired while you are viewing it is very raw. The finality of death; the separation of mother... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

La Pieta is one of Michaelangelo's best works. The details in the sculpture and expressions on the face of Mary makes it a sight to behold. It is now protected by a bullet-proof glass because a moron decided to deface it, so you just have to watch it afar.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Beholding one of the most beautiful sculptures in the world was overwhelming. Besides the work itself, it's amazing to consider that Michelangelo was only 24 when he created it.

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Nyon, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I hadn't realized it was there and stumbled upon it. What a truly amazing and heroic sculpture. I felt so lucky to have found it. Note: get there at 9-10am and there aren't any queues!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This had to be Michelangelo's best work and I was so very happy to see it - amazing beauty found here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The details in the sculpture are unique. I studied it when I was at school and I remember the excitement of my teachers talking about it. When I saw it, finally I could understand where they were coming from. Such an amazing piece of art!!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

How the young artist came into possession of this huge white faultless block of Carrara marble, how he spend days and nights for many months and chiselled out each feature and how he polished it at the end and how he was forced to inscribe his name at the sculpture's bottom all are fascinating. But the work of art itself... More 

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