Open Hours: Mo to Su from 07:00 AM to 12:30 PM,Mo to Su from 03:30 PM to 06:30 PM
In the 7th Century a church was built in order to house the chain from Constantinople that was said that to have been one of ... More
San Pietro in Vincoli
In the 7th Century a church was built in order to house the chain from Constantinople that was said that to have been one of two used to bind St Peter when he was imprisoned at Carcere Mamertino. The second chain was sent to Rome at a later date and when it was brought into the church it miraculously attached itself to the other chain. You can still see these chains under the altar, and this is how the church got its name San Pietro in Vincoli, meaning St Peter in chains. The church is also renowned for the tomb with the famous statue of Moses by Michelangelo, which was commissioned by Pope Julius II. Richly decorated with frescoes, the interior houses works by Guercino and Giovanbattista Parodi, as well as a beautiful mosaic icon of St Sebastian from the 7th Century. The cloister, built at the end of the 15th Century, is also worth visiting.
This was a nice break from the crowds at the Vatican and Colloseum. First of all it isnt in the guide book I had, but it is truly something spectacular you dont want to miss. The chains that bound St Peter!!!! And a famous Michaelangelo...wow!! Dont miss this slice of heaven in Rome!
This is the second time I saw this
sculpture and it is breathtaking! Don't know
why it hasn't gotten the press it deserves!
If you are visiting the colloseum then
it's just a short walk over. If you take
a cab be ready to walk the stairs as the
cab drivers will likely drop you off at the
bottom. The church is closed between
l and 3 p.m. but you could walk around
and enjoy the neighborhood as the university
is near by, or stop for lunch!
For me this piece of Michaelangelo's is............well, there really are no words. I have never seen/felt so much emeotion when I fisrt saw his Moses. This is a must for anyoneone who is in Rome. It is in the chch just a few minutes walk up from the Colisium. If you are there walk up the hill towards the park and vere left. Just a short distance to the right and you are there. Please do not deprive yourself of seeing this incredible piece of art.
This small church was built around 440 AD to house a reliquary believed to contain the prison chains of Saint Peter. The chains are actually two sets (one from Rome�s Maritime Prison and the other from the time of Herod) with a splendid story behind them. Legend states that when the Jerusalem chains were brought to Rome to join those from the Maritime Prison, the two sets linked together miraculously. The chains and their reliquary are still kept here on display beneath the altar.
The vincoli, or chains, may have given the church its name, but today it�s best known for Michelangelo�s Moses. This amazing work of art captures Moses, armed with the Ten Commandments, just at the moment he makes ready to return to the Children of Israel. The dazzling statue was originally intended to be part of a gargantuan, monumental tomb for and commissioned by Pope Julius II. About a year into the project, however, the Pope changed his mind and ordered Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel. Four years later he returned to his work on the tomb, but in an on-again/off-again fashion. He died having only completed Moses and The Dying Slaves (now housed in the Louvre). His students eventually completed the few other figures that he started, but they remain a far cry from his intended number of 48 statues.
Regarding Moses� little horns: They should really be beams of light and are the result of a wrong mediaeval translation of the Old Testament. The artist knew about the mistake, but chose to use it in order to capture the prophet�s anger. After all, he caught his people worshiping a golden calf god!
The church is located relatively close to the Colosseum and is open daily from 7am to 12:30pm and again from 3:30pm to 7pm. No admission fee is charged, but donations are appreciated.
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