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Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome

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Tourists and pilgrims flock to Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli to see both the legendary chains of St. Peter, which are said to have bound him when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem, and Michelangelo's statue of Moses, built as part of a tomb of Pope Julius II. The church, consecrated in 439 CE, underwent several major restorations over the centuries. The most notable renovation and expansion effort added the front portico and the cloister in the 15th century. Michelangelo's "Moses," with two small horns sticking out of his head, was intended as part of a massive, 47-statue monument for Pope Julius II, but it eventually became the centerpiece of the funeral monument and tomb. Moses' horns, once the subject of much curiosity, simply represent beams of light, a kind of iconographic symbolism common in early sacred art. To visit Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli on your holiday in Rome, and find out what else Rome has to offer, use our Rome.
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  • Michelangelo’s statute of Moses was incredible. I have read about and seen pictures Pope Julius’ tomb (though he is not actually buried there). But you cannot get the scale and magnificence of this....  more
    Michelangelo’s statute of Moses was incredible. I have read about and seen pictures Pope Julius’ tomb (though he is not actually buried there). But you cannot get the scale and magnificence of this....  more »
  • Beautiful church worth a visit. The very famous Moses sculpture from Michaelangelo is right from the altar. Loved it.. 
    Beautiful church worth a visit. The very famous Moses sculpture from Michaelangelo is right from the altar. Loved it..  more »
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  • From the outside this place is very deceiving and appears to be simple but once you enter you'll be blown away! The 2 stars of the show here are Michelangelo's Moses sculpture and the chains that bound Saint Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. The church feels very welcoming and calm, and it's free to enter. I highly recommend stopping here when in Rome, if even just for a few minutes.
  • A unusually quiet space given the fact that it houses a Michelangelo masterpiece, Moses and the chains which bound St. Peter. Its free to visit photographs welcome, and experience not to be missed. Legend has it that the master himself was so struck by the life-like appearance of Moses that he shouted "speak to me". When he heard no reply he flung his mallet at the knee leaving a mark. I honestly couldn't find the mark, but it's a great story all the same.

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