San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains) is a minor basilica in Rome that houses St. Peter's chains and Michelangelo's famous Moses statue.
History of San Pietro in Vincoli
The basilica was first built in the middle of the 5th century to house the relic of the chains that bound Saint Peter while imprisoned in Jerusalem, given to Pope Leo I by Empress Eudoxia (wife of Emperor Valentinian III).
According to legend, when the pope held them next to the chains from of Peter's first imprisonment in the Mamertine Prison in Rome, the two chains miraculously fused together.
The basilica has undergone several restorations and rebuildings, including a restoration by Pope Adrian I, a rebuilding by Pope Sixtus IV and another by Pope Julius II. There was also a renovation in 1875. Some modernizations were made at that time.
What to See at San Pietro in Vincoli
The chains said to have held Peter in Rome and Jerusalem are kept in a reliquary under the main altar in the basilica.
Michelangelo's magnificent Moses, which dates from 1515, is the most notable piece of artwork in the basilica. It was originally intended as part of a 40-statue funeral monument for Pope Julius II.
From the V. Cavour Metro station, cross the boulevard and walk up the flight of stairs. Turn right into the piazza; the church is on the left.
Quick Facts on San Pietro in Vincoli
|Names:||San Pietro in Vincoli · St. Peter in Chains|
|Dates:||5th C; later renovations|
|Visitor and Contact Information|
|Coordinates:||41.893573° N, 12.493354° E|
|Address:||Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli 4A|
|Hours:||Spring/summer: daily 7am-12:30pm and 3:30-7pm|
Autumn/winter: closes at 6pm
|Lodging:||View hotels near San Pietro in Vincoli|
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Map of San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome
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