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 trip itinerary maker site .
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  • I enter St. Peter's in Constraints with the respect that is due to a place of worship. Because it is a treasure chest, a jewel of rare beauty, a place where history, art and spirituality are inextricably intertwined, giving me visual suggestions and the emotion of an extraordinary journey through time. The church holds numerous testimonies of faith. The chains that held Jesus' first apostle, Peter, captive are of invaluable importance to Christianity. And the verse of the psalm on the rosette of the vault, above the entrance, "Dirupisti vincula mea", expresses the authentic inner revolution mainly from temporal things, the liberation from the laces of selfishness, pride and the search for affirmation. But what attracts like a magnet is the famous statue of Michelangelo. Moses, the great leader who led, through the desert, the people of God from the land of slavery to freedom. It is an incredible work, to which the master has not been able to give only the word.
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  • This is one of the ancient minor Basilicas in Rome. The exterior is not very impressive, but the interior is beautiful. The nave is flanked by pretty columns. The curved ceiling with eye-catching pain...  more »
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  • A must visit place in Rome where one can spend a quite and intimate couple of hours. Striking sculpture by Michelangelo. Remarkable wall painting in the nave. Marvelous inlay of St. Sebastian and many other wall pieces. Watching the €2 video tour is highly recommended.
  • One of my favorite stops in Rome! Not only do you get to see one of the most amazing sculptures from Michelangelo (my opinion), the Illumination of Moses, but you also get to see the Chains that held Peter in captivity, as well as an absolutely amazing Basilica! It is definitely one of the top places to visit in Rome.
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