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The Church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome

With its facade that looks like an administrative building, it ends up passing 'unnoticed' in the eyes of many tourists. Here you will find the history, tips and information for visiting this church close to the Colosseum.

Mose of Michelangelo in Rome
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The Church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome

The church of San Pietro in Vincoli is not so well known, but it hides priceless treasures. The church was built to store the chains used to bind Peter (San Pietro in Vincoli means Saint Peter in chains) in Jerusalem and Rome and was commissioned by Empress Licinia Eudoxia in 442. Let’s visit the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, in Rome! Here at  Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our  “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Introduction

With its simple facade, the Church is one of the most beautiful in Rome. Built in 442 AD by order of the Roman empress Licinia Eudoxia, it was part of the Baths of Titus complex. As it is an area very close to the Colosseum, its archaeological importance is invaluable; here also are the remains of the Domus Aurea, the ancient and imposing residence of Nero. Also read What to visit near Rome? The best roundtrips from Rome.

1) The Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, in Rome? PETER’S CHAINS

The church holds one of the greatest religious treasures in the world: the chains that bound Peter. Legend has it that when Pope Leo I brought one of the pieces of chains that bound Peter from Constantinople, when they were placed alongside the pieces that were with the empress, the links miraculously joined together.

2) The Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, in Rome? CHURCH ATTRACTIONS

The church has undergone numerous restorations and the last major renovation was ordered by Pope Julius II, who was buried there as well. With a huge nave in the center, lateral columns full of vertical creases and a beautiful painting on the ceiling, the church has numerous marble statues, including the statue of Moses (dating from 1513), made by Michelangelo. The statue is now part of the structure of the tomb of Pope Julius II.

The tomb took an impressive 40 years to complete, and it is said that when Michelangelo finished the work he hit the statue’s knee with a rubber hammer, looked at it and said ‘Speak up, Moses!’, how realistic the work was. It’s really BREATHTAKING! What is most striking about the statue are the details that seem to come to life! The veins, expression and body of the statue are full of minutiae, which impress for the realistic way in which it was made.

Useful Information

The church is hardly crowded and admission is free. To take a nice photo of the statue of Moses, insert a euro in the box next to it, you will temporarily turn on the light and be able to take an amazing photo! ; ) San Pietro in Vincoli or Basilica of St Peter in Chains is a titular church and minor basilica located on Mount Opium, in Rome. Address: Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli, 4/a, 00184 Rome RM, Italy. Telephone: +39 06 9784 4952.

Hours:

Mondays

08:00 – 12:30 pm; 03:00 – 07:00 pm
Tuesdays08:00 – 12:30 pm; 03:00 – 07:00 pm
Wednesdays08:00 – 12:30 pm; 03:00 – 07:00 pm
Thursdays08:00 – 12:30 pm; 03:00 – 07:00 pm
Fridays08:00 – 12:30 pm; 03:00 – 07:00 pm
Saturdays08:00 – 12:30 pm; 03:00 – 07:00 pm
Sundays

08:00 – 12:30 pm; 03:00 – 07:00 pm


Map with the localization

The Church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome
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Hotel I suggest near the Historic Center

If you are passionate about art and would like to stay in the center where you can move around walking, as well as having countless possibilities for places to have lunch / dinner or a snack, I advise you to stay in the historic center. Regions near the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Forum and the Villa Borghese, Piazza Spagna and Piazza Navona can be considered as “historic center”. These are the most expensive areas, but you will be close to everything, literally!

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Hotels that I suggest near the San Giovanni Region

For those who want to find cheaper alternatives in quiet areas, but at the same time close to the means of transport to the center, I suggest the region of San Giovanni or Monti (near the metro stations San Giovanni, Castro Pretorio and Circus Massimo) – which it is a more residential neighborhood; therefore, more economical and quiet! And with just 15 minutes by subway you will be in the center too!

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Hotels I suggest near Vatican City

An interesting area to stay and a little cheaper than the historic center is the Vatican area (Vatican Museums) which is very well connected with everything.

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Hotel I suggest near Termini Station

For those who prefer to stay in neighborhoods that have good access to the rest of the city and at a better price, then you should choose accommodation in the surroundings of Termini Station (from where a dense network of public means of transport starts, serving both: the local people and tourists).

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Hotels that I suggest in Trastevere

For those who prefer to “taste” authentic and characteristic Rome, there is nothing better than booking a hotel in Trastevere (on the outskirts of the city’s historic river), full of typical Roman history and traditions, known for the tortuous streets of sampietrini stones and the centers medieval style housing.

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Conclusion

How about visiting the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome? Whether out of devotion to Peter or out of curiosity to see one of Michelangelo’s most beautiful works, include the Church of San Pietro in your Rome tour, I’m sure you’ll like it! And if you feel insecure or have no time, and need  help to organize your trip,  do not hesitate to look for me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy. And how can I do that? Continue reading this post until the end and you will understand how can we make your life and journey easier.

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