San Pietro in Vincoli Church

San Pietro in Vincoli Church in Rome with Michelangelo's Moses

A beauty that lies within

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the San Pietro in Vincoli church in Monti not because of the sheer beauty of the church itself, but rather to witness the beauty of what’s inside. Though the church was named after St. Peter himself, his presence takes backseat to what truly dominates the setting. Underneath the high altar are the relics of the chains that bound Saint Peter when he escaped from imprisonment in Jerusalem as well as the chains that later held him in Rome.

Michelangelo's Moses at San Pietro in Vincoli Church in Rome
Photo by Domenica Prinzivalli (Flickr)

The real showstopper of this church is the magnificent statue of Moses (1515) sculpted and carved by none other than the great Michelangelo. Initially, it was intended to be a part of the tomb of Pope Julius II, along with 40 other statues that never got finished after Pope Julius II died. The statue is compelling and experts believe that the sculptor carved his own profile and that of the pope somewhere in the beard of Moses. In addition, the chains that bound Peter during his imprisonment in Jerusalem are located in an urn under the main altar of the church.

The entrance of San Pietro in Vincoli Church in Rome
Photo by Fabrizio Sciami (Flickr)


Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli

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