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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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  • This wonderful basilica is well worth a visit. The chains after which it is named are traditionally believed to be the chains that bound St. Peter during his incarceration in Jerusalem. Peter walked.....  more
    This wonderful basilica is well worth a visit. The chains after which it is named are traditionally believed to be the chains that bound St. Peter during his incarceration in Jerusalem. Peter walked.....  more »
  • Lesser Cathedral, but if you're interested in Michelangelo's sculptures (or a fan of Pope Julius II) , pop into this church when you're in the area and see Michelangelo's Moses. Not a tourist... 
    Lesser Cathedral, but if you're interested in Michelangelo's sculptures (or a fan of Pope Julius II) , pop into this church when you're in the area and see Michelangelo's Moses. Not a tourist...  more »
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  • Contains Michelangelo's statue of Moses masterpiece.
  • Free entrance. Chains that St Peter was held with are there. You can hear organs playing around 15.40 and 16.00. You can insert 1e into the box in front of the setup with the chains and the door will be closed and then automatically opened. Totally worth it. Not crowded at all.

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