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“Worth the climb”

San Pietro in Vincoli
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Owner description: This 5th-century church features Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses that adorns the incomplete tomb of Pope Julius II.
Simi Valley, California
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“Worth the climb”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

Without a car, it is quite a climb up many stairs to reach this church. It is worth the climb. While the supposed chains that bound St. Peter will draw many, the true treasure is Michelangelo's statue of Moses. Although coins have to be put into a box to bath the statue in light, the statue is worth the climb and the cost.

Visited July 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“A must visit church in Rome”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

The outside isn't very impressive, but the inside is a must see. No where else will you be able to stand so close to a large Michelangelo piece and certainly not without a anything blocking your site.

The art on the walls are some of my favorites in Rome.

Visited August 2014
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We visited this church during a family trip to Rome. The chains that bound St. Peter were prominently displayed and very moving. To be able to see them so closely gave me chills. Also in the church is the magnificent sculpture of Moses by Michelangelo. No lines and no chants of "Silence!" To be able to see this masterpiece up close and without people pushing to move you along was priceless. Would definitely add this to your visit when in Rome.

Visited August 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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“A Michelangelo masterpiece without the crowd!”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We decided to visit San Pietro in Vincoli as an afterthought while visiting the Coliseum and the Forum. We are extremely thankful that we did. Besides the chains that held St. Peter relics, the statues carved by Michelangelo, intended as part of his burial monument, are magnificent, particularly his statue of Moses! The best part is that it can be viewed without the large crowds that are encountered at other Michelangelo art exhibits. This is not to be missed (and thankfully we didn't )

Visited July 2014
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Gadsden, Alabama
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“Michelangelo's First Love and Two Treasures”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Michelangelo had started on what was going to be Pope Julius' Tomb and he was excited to work on it when he was summoned to paint the Cistene Chapel. But for me, the simplicity and exquisite detail of this church was just awesome. It takes just a few minutes but you are rewarded with two treasures (beyond that of the artistry in the church): 2 set's of chains divinely joined and a Michelangelo statue of Moses. Interesting, the sculpture depicts what appear to be temporal horns on the Moses. Michelangelo was a Christian so it would be interesting to know the story of the horns. Near the alter is one set of chains. The story is that two sections of chains, each part of those that held St. Peter on two separate occasions miraculously joined together once they were proximate to each other. Admission is free and pictures are allowed. And it's a few moments from the Colosseum so no excuse not to go!

Visited August 2014
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