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San Pietro in Vincoli
San Pietro in Vincoli

San Pietro in Vincoli

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Church
Ranked #33 in Rome things to do
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Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4a, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 9784 4952
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/italy/rome-san-pietro-in-vincoli
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According to legend, when Pope Leo I placed St. Peter’s bondage chains from Jerusalem with those of his final imprisonment in Mamertine Prison, the two sets joined together miraculously. The chains ... Read more
are now displayed under the altar at San Pietro in Vincoli (“Saint Peter in Chains”), a titular church in Rome. The basilica features a myriad of artwork, from beautiful mosaics and frescoes to Michelangelo’s famous statue of Moses.

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New York City

San Pietro in Vincoli is famous for being home to Michelangelo's statue of Moses, complete with horns. The statue is part of the tomb of Pope Julius II. From the outside, the church itself is somewhat unremarkable, but the interior is quite lovely. This is one of the few basilicas I recall being told that a fee was mandatory instead of a suggested donation at the door.

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Local from Rome

Via Cavour: starting out from the Fora, about halfway along Via Cavour we come across the steep steps of via San Francesco di Paola. Uninviting as it is, this narrow, damp stepway leads up to a surprisingly charming and peaceful square, Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli, dominated by the sixteenth century façade of the Church of the same name.

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Brisbane

Pretty church, with many fine frescos. Not too different from many other churches in Rome. What sets it apart is that it houses a Michelangelo statue of Moses.

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Savannah

Go Here! Fabulous Michelangelo statue of Moses with no protective plexiglass. Put small
coins in box to turn on lights to see it best. Quiet and uncrowded place to pay homage to the sculpture.

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Menlo Park

The church of Saint Peter in Chains is notable for Michelangelo's historic statue of Moses, part of the tomb of Pope Julius II.

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Beirut

Another Michelangelo's masterpiece is found in this particular church; and it's the statue of Moses. Not so grand but the details are incredibly impressive, that even Michelangelo himself said: "Talk Moses! TALK!"

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The two chains ussed to shackle St. Peter are here displayed below the high altar. However, the church is now best know for Michelangelo's Tomb of Pope Julius II. Highlighting the Tomb is the tremendous statue of a bearded Moses holding the tablets of the 10 commandments.

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Los Angeles

Beautiful church! It's worth a visit inside to see the mosaics, frescoes and sculptures.

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Jonesboro

Beautiful church, but the interior is way more impressive than its exterior. The relics on display...well, everyone makes up their own minds, I guess. Definitely go inside if you're nearby.

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Limbiate

San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains) is a minor basilica in Rome that houses St. Peter's chains and Michelangelo's famous Moses statue. The chains said to have held Peter in Rome and Jerusalem are kept in a reliquary under the main altar in the basilica. Michelangelo's magnificent Moses, which dates from 1515, is the most notable piece of artwork in the basilica. It was originally intended as part of a 40-statue funeral monument for Pope Julius II.
From the V. Cavour Metro station, cross the boulevard and walk up the flight of stairs. Turn right into the piazza; the church is on the left.

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The chains of St. Peter are indeed on display at the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, though, unlike modern magic acts, one can't actually touch them to see if they're real. (I suppose that's a matter of faith.) The church is beautiful, as are many churches in Rome, but the vincoli and a statue of Moses by Michelangelo are the highlights. Be sure to spot them!

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St. Peter in Chains Church (graphic, I know) houses Michelangelo's spectacular giant sculpture of Moses, which was meant to be part of Pope Julius' tomb.

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Napa

The church itself was OK, but I fell in love with Michelangelo's Moses sculpture. Worth a visit just for the Moses.

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Falls Church

Church close to Colosseo metro station, home of Michelangelo's Moses

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Magliano Sabina

Pieno centro romano, non lontano da Piazza Barberini, Colosseo e Piazza di Spagna, una delle più belle chiese di Roma, quella di San Pietro in Vincoli, dove trovare il Mosè di Michelangelo, opera magistrale, imponente, forte, di carattere, spessore, che di per sé attira migliaia di turisti ogni giorno. Poi l'apparato architettonico della chiesa, le navate, i marmi, l'altare, tutto attrae l'occhio, tutto ubriaca di bellezza.

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