San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome

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    St Peter in chains church

    by monorailgold Written Aug 5, 2006

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    the chains that held St. Peter

    If you find yourself wandering down the via cavour, take a few minutes and stop into this church. Not only is the church beautiful, but it also houses two treasures. The first being the chains that held St. Peter during his two imprisonments in Jeruselem and Rome. These are displayed in a case under the alter. These chains are said to have miraculously fused together. Empress Eudoxia had the church built to house the chains.
    The other treasure is Michelangelo's Moses statue. He is coming back from Mount Sinai with the commandments under his arm and frowning at the antics of his brethren in regards to the golden calf. On his head are two small horns, as St. Jerome had translated the word "Karan ohr" (rays of light) as horns. "Keren" in Hebrew can mean either "ray" or "horn". There is also a scratch on his knee where Michelangelo reportedly thought the statue was so lifelike he struck it on the knee with his chisel and said "Now speak!". It is a powerful sculpture and well worth seeing.

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    michelangelo's moses

    by doug48 Updated Jul 26, 2006

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    michelanglo's moses

    also located in the church of san pietro in vincoli is michelangelo's moses. this famous sculpture is part of the tomb of pope julius II. julius commissioned the tomb in 1505 but lost interest in the project because of his renovation of st. peters. michelangelo had originally planned fourty statues for the monument but he only finished "moses" and the "dying slave". this is another reason to visit this interesting church

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    by doug48 Written Jul 26, 2006

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    the chains of st. peter

    san pietro in vincoli is an interesting church to visit. it houses the vincoli (chains) of st. peter while he was being held in mamertime prison. later the chains were sent to constantinople. in the 5th century one of the pair of chains was returned to rome. pope leo I built this church to house this relic. later the other chain was sent back to rome and it was a perfect match. today the chains are displayed under the high altar.

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    Michelangelo's MOSES

    by icunme Updated May 21, 2006

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    He's there in San Pietro in Vincoli (Church of St Peter in Chains) - in all his strength and majesty - a huge, powerful figure. An unusual experience for me as I approached the right nave and took a close up photo of Moses (photo 1 - not much light here) - I moved over to the right side as Moses is facing that direction - another tourist moved over and gave me room to get at good view - as I raised my camera and focused, the lights suddenly brightened (photos 2 and 3) - the man and I looked at each other a bit shocked - was Moses telling us something? After a moment the lights dimmed again and it dawned on us that the lighting was timed - bit of a relief to know that!

    Photo 4 - The Church of San Pietro in Vincoli (photo 4)- simple Renaissance façade built by Meo del Caprina in 1475 for Sixtus IV Della Rovere - Vinculis (links but also chains) is a reference to the chains of St. Peter for which a church was built on this site as early as 442 by Empress Eudoxia minor. This explains why the church is also called Basilica Eudossiana.
    Photo 5 - Altar with chains of St Peter encased in glass

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    Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli

    by witness_wannabe Written Apr 5, 2006

    While visiting the Coloseo and / or Foro Romano area, you can take a short 300-yard walk to Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, located on the square Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli. There is Michaelangelo's famous masterpiece featuring Moses. Many ways to get there. From Foro Romano: take Via Cavour street and turn right (stairs!!!) at the Piazza San Francesco di Paola. Metro (subway): take line B direction Laurentina from Termini (1st stop - Cavour) and take the Cavour street towards Foro Romano. Turn left (stairs!!!) at the Piazza San Francesco di Paola.

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    See Michelangelo's Moses

    by no1birdlady Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    Statue of Moses by Michelangelo.

    This statue is found in the Basilica di S. Pietro in Vincoli. This statue is not behind glass (as the Pieta is) so you get great views all around it. It was supposed to be part of a large tomb with many statues for Pope Julius II but the Pope became more interested in building a new St. Peters. Then after he died, the next pope persuaded Michelangelo to do The Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel so the tomb was never completed as designed.

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    Visit Basilica di S. Pietro in Vincoli.

    by no1birdlady Written Sep 6, 2005

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    Peter's Chains on Display in Basilica di S. Pietro

    This cathedral is hard to find. It is in a niche down a hill from one way and up stairs and under an arch from another. According to tradition the 2 chains used to shackle Peter in Mamertine Prison are here. Vincoli is Italian for chains. The 2 chains were taken to Constantinople and one was put in a church there in the 5th cen. The other one was sent to Rome. This church was built to house that chain. Some years later the 2nd chain was brought to Rome and it linked miraculously together. Besides seeing this relic, the church is beautiful and also the site of Michelangelo's statue of Moses.

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    St. Peter in Chains Church

    by rexvaughan Written Jan 15, 2005

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    San Pietro in Vincoli

    This is said to be one of the first churches in Rome but whether that is true or not, it is worth a visit. It is not an impressive building and I don't think it even looks like a church. It dates from the 5th C and was one of the Roman "house churches." It has two major claims to fame: it has enshrined what are said to be the chains in which St. Peter was imprisoned in Rome and it has Michelangelo's statue of Moses which was originally intended to be one of 48 for Pope Julius II's tomb. Unfortunately for Julius he died about the time the project got started. Michelangelo reportedly worked on ths statue off and on for 30 years. Happily for us he finished it as there are some he never completed (the "prisoners" in Florence for example). It is a very impressive statue and you can walk right up to it and look into those all-knowing eyes.

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    St Peter in Chains - Michaelangelo's Moses

    by Mobleydcat Written Nov 19, 2004

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    Michaelangelo - the greatest sculptor ever lived created this masterpiece. The horns are the crowning touch -- in medieval times, the hebrew word horn means "ray of light". Michaelangelo knew better but wanted to give the statue an air of scary charisma. This is a typical Michaelangelo's work -- he always make a twist - Moses is both at rest (seated) and in motion (tense leg, turning head). What can I say the dude is a genius.

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    64 AD - the chains of Petrus.

    by belgianchocolate Updated Jun 30, 2004

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    Petrus is one of the 12 apostle . One of the 12
    disciples of jezus. He is important in Christian
    religion as he is seen as the first pope.
    Jesus gave him the keys of to heaven.
    If you see a statue with keys , a cock or fish
    it is likely to be 'Sint Pieter'.
    In belgium a lot of jokes are circulating about
    people who come to 'Sinte Pieter' to get
    into heaven. Whatever...

    He probably was killed in the year 64 AD when
    Nero was emperor . He is buried where
    now the 'San Pietro in Vaticano' is located.

    Anyway , were am I heading for.
    The church 'SanPietro in Vincoli' was build
    for the chains for 'San Pietro'.
    'Vincoli' means chains.
    They are kept in a relic shrine in front of the
    church. It was quit usual to keep these things
    and worship them at that time.
    It is sure that they are from that period ,
    but if it is the real stuff??? Who knows.

    The story goes that there were 2 chains that
    Petrus held prison in the marmertine prison
    and when they met again in Rome they
    miraculously joined together.

    How about that?

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    Michelangelo's Moses.

    by GrantBoone Updated Jun 26, 2004

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    The statue of Moses is situated at San Pietro in Vincoli. It is also worth seeing the chains used to shackle St Peter while he was being held in prison. The piazza di san pietro is 5 minutes walk from the Colloseum.

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    San Pietro in Vincoli

    by rattay Written May 14, 2004

    This church is most known for the statue of Moses by Michelangelo decorating the tomb of Pope Julius II, who was a great patron of the arts. If you are an art history/ Michelangelo person, this is one you probably don't want to miss. Or if you are walking around this part of town, stop in for a few minutes and check it out. And by the way, in italy, putting your index fingers on top of your head as if they were horns is one way of saying someone's wife is cheating on them. The horns of jealousy. (All this will make more sense when you see the sculpture)
    The chains themselves are sort of cool as well.

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    San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains)

    by jglsongs Written Feb 22, 2004
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    This church is a major must see!! and you'd be surprised how many people miss it. In addition to it being a beautifully ornate church, it's the two attractions inside that have the magnetic power.

    The main attraction are St. Peter's chains- yes, the actual chains (as far as historians are concerned) that bound St. Peter.

    The second attraction is Michelangelo's statue of Moses. This famous statue is a great work of art that also created a major prejudice for centuries to come. On Moses' head, Michelangelo carved to horns...because in the Bible, the original Aramaic translation describing Moses having "karnei orot" or 'rays of light' was mistranslated, because "karnei" can ALSO mean 'horns.' Ergo...Moses had horns, and for centuries to come, the Anti-Semitic prejudice of Jews having horns was prevelant in many areas.

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    S. Pietro in vincoli

    by davidlop Written Jan 6, 2004
    Moises

    This modest church has a masterpiece of art inside, made in marble, representing Moises holding -protecting- the tablets. It also exposes the chains St. Pietro (St. Peter) had to carry -hence the name: in vincoli-

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    San Pietro in Vincoli

    by Paul2001 Written Dec 1, 2003

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    Moses by Michelangelo, San Pietro di Vincoli
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    The San Pietro in Vincoli is one of the most visited churches in all of Rome. This is primarily because it houses one of Italy's the most important pieces of art. That would be Michelangelo's Moses. This magnificent sculpture was created by the master as part of the Tomb of Pope Julius II. The work is considered to be one of Michelangelo's masterpieces. Of interest is that the face of Moses was a self portrait of Michelangelo himself. And for those into movie trivia, Charlton Heston was cast as Moses by Cecil B. Demille for the film "The Ten Commandments" because of his resemblence to this image of Moses.
    The church itself was founded in the 5th century in honour of location where St. Peter was brought into Rome in chains. The chains that supposedly restrained St. Peter can be seen within the church. In English the name of the church translates as St. Peter in Chains.

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