Church of Saint Peter in Chains - Rome

The Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains is still home to what is believed to be a relic of the chains used to shackle Saint Peter during his captivity in Jerusalem then Rome. The church was founded in the middle of the 5th century AD. The front portico, which is attributed to Baccio Pontelli, was added in 1475. The interior has a nave, two side aisles and three apses. It is decorated with works by Guercino, Domenichino, Pomarancio and Bregno, but it is above all the celebrated statue of Moses by Michelangelo that attracts visitors to the church. It was one of 47 statues planned for the funereal monument of Pope Julius II, however the project was never completed. The statue was used instead to decorate his tomb when he was buried in this church alongside other members of the Della Rovere family. Moses is depicted here with horns symbolically representing the radiance of Divine light on his face. The white marble composition is quite spectacular and is considered not just one of Michelangelo's masterpieces but also a masterpiece of world sculpture.


Daily from 7 am - 12:30 pm and again from 3:30 pm - 6 pm.

Address : Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli, 4a 184 Rome Italy

Subway : Station: Cavour, Station: Colosseo: Ligne B

Phone : +39 079440301

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