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San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome

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Tourists and pilgrims flock to 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 San Pietro in Vincoli on your holiday in Rome, and find out what else Rome has to offer, use our Rome trip itinerary maker site .
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  • The basilica was pre-existent with respect to the time of Michelangelo, who were entrusted with the work of "modernization". Here you can find, admire, contemplate, one of the most beautiful sculptures of the Renaissance period: the Moses of Michelangelo. But do not stop here: In this basilica in fact stand out frescoes worthy of note and, interesting but strange, on the sides there are funerary niches (or graves that you want) in which they rest in peace notables of the time surrounded by depicts of skeletons and Death itself. Strange to depict a pagan symbol as "the Dark Lady armed with sickle" in a sacred place. Or maybe I'm the one who didn't shoot much...
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  • We arrive by climbing a beautiful staircase under an arch from via Cavour, inside we find the Moses of Michelangelo and at the base of the altar are kept the chains (bonds) of St. Peter. Church quite bare for the rest.
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  • Like most Rome church is magnificent. It deserves a visit. Plus you can see one of the Michaelangelo most famous sculpture
  • I like this place. Very famous things here and it’s much less travelled than other things in the city. Plenty of chairs & space to enjoy yourself & be in awe of the space. Sweet cafe around the corner to grab a hot chocolate while you wait for the church to open.
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