Rome Attractions Saint Peter In Chains

Posted 29.05.15 by Leigh

Address: Saint Peter In Chains, Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4/a, 00184 Rome, Italy.

Saint Peter In Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli) is a minor basilica located in the historic centre of Rome, close to Cavour metro station and not far from the Colosseum. Also known as the Basilica Eudoxiana, it was consecrated in 439AD by Sixtus III and it houses the remains of the chains that supposedly shackled Saint Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. The chains are on display under the altar. This small basilica has undergone many restorations throughout the years and in 1505, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to create a monumental tomb for him. This is where you will find Michelangelo's statue of 'Moses', a large marble figure that stands over 2 metres high depicting a muscular Moses holding the Commandments tablets in one hand. Other works of art in the basilica include the impressive 18th century fresco, 'The Miracle of the Chains', at the centre of the coffered ceiling by Giovanni Battista Parodi.

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