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“St Peter in Chains”

San Pietro in Vincoli
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Owner description: This 5th-century church features Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses that adorns the incomplete tomb of Pope Julius II.
Reviewed July 18, 2016

San Pietro in Vincoli is translated as "St Peter in Chains." It is a short walk from the Colosseum. It's most famous for the statue of Moses, created by Michaelangelo, which forms part of the tomb of Pope Julius II. Saint Peter in Chains is quite an important church, it's well worth a look if you are in the area.

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Reviewed July 17, 2016

This place is rather near to Colosseum, a little bit mounted on a hill.
We took our time after seeing the Flavian Amphitheatre to visit this Roman Catholic titular church and minor basilica in Rome.
It is located between the area enclosing the Colosseum and the Via Cavour on the north from it, in the Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli.
There is one wide stairways, that leads to portico with columns and the main entrance door.
When inside, first thing that catches Your advertence is the obvious difference in the architectural design between the central nave and two aisles aside. While aisles are surmounted by cross - vaults, the nave has coffered ceiling frescoed with wonderful painting.
All this space is divided by antique Doric columns.
We saw here the magnificent work of the great Michelangelo Buonarroti, that is, the statue of Moses, equally impressive like that one of David in Florence. This sculpture of Moses is the part of the tomb of Pope Julius II. Across from the statue of Moses, there is one alcove beneath the floor of the church where is situated the Reliquary containing the chains of St.Peter. The chains, that bound Saint Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem.
If You have a time ,You ought to visit this splendid church.

Thank Oleg Y
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Reviewed July 17, 2016

This minor Basilica of St Peter in Chains is slightly out of the way but worth visiting when in the area surrounding the colosseum. It is probably most famous for displaying the chains that bound St Peter in Jerusalem and in Rome which according to legend miraculously fused when brought together. They are on display in a reliquary under the main altar. The other major attraction is the magnificent statue of Moses by Michelangelo, drop €1 in the box and it illuminates. The ‘horns’ on moses head were a mistake resulting from a mistranslation of the Hebrew "keren" in the old testament, that means not only horn but ray or beam, “his head was glowing with a halo when he came down from Mount Sinai”. The basilica itself is also magnificent as most are in Rome!

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Reviewed July 15, 2016

If you're looking for a church that is well-preserved and accessible, this is not the place. Signs are plastered over much of the building, and lighting the Moses statue costs a euro and does not seem to improve the statue. However, if you want to appreciate Michelangelo's Moses statue in person, especially if you are in the area to visit another location, by all means go. Take the time to walk around. Don't skip this place if you find yourself nearby.

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Reviewed July 14, 2016

If you have time while visiting the Colosseum, going in here is worth the extra walk. My opinion, Michelangelo has one of his best works in here. Not sure why, but this church gives me a closeness to early Christians.

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