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San Pietro in Vincoli

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San Pietro in Vincoli

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Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4/a, 00184 Rome Italy
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Home to some of the world’s most iconic paintings, the Vatican Museums attract huge crowds. Save yourself hours of waiting by booking this skip-the-line tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected) in Rome. Early morning and evening tour options mean you can explore the complex during far less crowded time slots. Upgrade to a small-group tour limited to 10 people for a more personalized experience.
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Sarah b wrote a review Oct 7
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom1,329 contributions285 helpful votes
We had a bit of trouble finding this, but so glad we got here as it is a gem of a place. It is on the Oppian hill near the colisseum and looks quite plain from the outside but beautiful once you step through the door. Includes main attractions from art lovers is the mausoleum of Julius 2nd, with its wonderful Michelangelo enlightenment of Moses. Also the chains displayed as a relic reputed to be the chains that held st Peter in Jerusalem and Rome. Unlike some churches, you are welcome to sit down here for private prayer and quiet reflection. A wonderful peaceful place and quite poignant to sit and reflect on the significant history and symbolism of the chains.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Jul 2020
Sydney, Australia2,553 contributions465 helpful votes
This really should be a must-see. From the outside, the church is a nondescript building and is easily overlooked but on the inside, is a spectacular and colossal marble statue of Moses by Michelangelo. I found it just amazing that I could stand right in front of such an important Michelangelo work for as long as I liked and be almost on my own. The church isn’t crowded so you don't get jostled by crowds or have to duck selfie sticks. I really couldn't get over this. It is astounding when you think that when you see Michelangelo other works at the Vatican, you are surrounded by a heaving mass of people and have to wait to get close enough to get a glimpse. The Moses statue was commissioned by Pope Julius II in the 1500s for his tomb. The tomb was never completed because the money ran out and Julius II was eventually buried at the Vatican instead. They say that this was Michelangelo’s favourite work and he wept over his unfinished masterpiece. Strangely, Moses seems to have horns. I puzzled over this until I read that it resulted from a mistranslation. The Bible says that Moses had two rays on his head but the Jewish word for ‘rays’ sounds very similar to the word for ‘horns’, hence the mistake. The other main thing to see is St Peter’s chains. When St Peter the apostle was arrested for preaching about Jesus, he was thrown in jail and chained with these leg irons. The night before his trial, an angel released the chains and led him out of jail, past the sleeping guards. The chains are easy to see. They are located in the large gold box, under the main altar. I was also intrigued by a macabre funerary monument which featured two smiling skeletons. I don't think poor Cardinal Vecchiarelli who died in 1639 is resting very easily with those two on his grave. COST: Entry is free HOURS: Be aware that it is closed for a chunk of time in the middle of the day, from 12:30pm - 3pm. It opens until reasonably late, until 7pm (although check the hours if you are there in winter because they may be a little different). GETTING THERE: It is easy to combine the church with the Colosseum. It’s just a 10 minute walk away. When we tried to find it, it was a little tricky. The easiest way is to climb the big stairs from Via Cavour and the church is at the very top. I have added a photo of the stairs. Afterwards, we walked back through the fun Monti area and stopped for a drink in the fun Piazza della Madonna dei Monti.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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inthecityintherain wrote a review Jul 2020
Los Angeles, California803 contributions68 helpful votes
It's a fun hike up to this church, located on the southern end of Rome's Oppian Hill. The name means "St. Peter in Chains", and the church houses a reliquary containing the chains the saint wore while imprisoned in Jerusalem. The tomb of Pope Julius II is also here, and is crowned with Michelangelo's "Moses". Less mentioned but very much worth seeing is the exquisite winged skeleton by Pierre Le Gros the Younger that adorns the tomb of Cardinal Cinzio Aldobrandini.
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Date of experience: August 2019
Noraatc wrote a review Jun 2020
Sudbury, Massachusetts21,282 contributions988 helpful votes
After climbing the “scalinata” (could be very slippery in the rain ), I reached my beloved Chiesa di San Pietro in Vincoli and had Michelangelo’s “Moses” almost to myself. The whole tomb of Pope Julius II is a masterpiece, but Moses was really created by God’s hand... Well, Michelangelo is God (at least, for me he is)... The power of this miracle of a sculpture is overwhelming... Every chiseled muscle of Moses’s body, the folds of his gown, lovely Leah on his side, and his face expressing determination and will to lead his people to freedom and safety are incredibly powerful and meaningful. There is a remarkable altar and some other noteworthy objects in this church, like two rather morbid looking tombs with skeletons: the tomb of Mariano Petro di Vecchiarellio) and the image of death (the tomb of Cardinal Clemente VIII). Quite unconventional and a bit depressing, but masterfully executed.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Michael W wrote a review Jun 2020
Charleston, South Carolina150 contributions53 helpful votes
The church of St. Peter in Vincoli is a short walk from the Colosseum. It is an unassuming building in a neighborhood near Nero's house. It is worth the walk because of the Michelangelo's statue of Moses. The church is known for the chains that held Peter while he was imprisoned in Rome.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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