Monday, March 5, 2007

San Pietro in vincoli

San Pietro in Vincoli or Saint Peter in Chains is a small church located close to the Colosseum in Rome. This ancient basilica is dedicated to Saint Peter the Apostle. It was built in 442 over the ruins of an Imperial villa, to house the chains that had bound St. Peter in Jerusalem. The church has been restored, rebuilt and renovated several times over the years and since 1970 has been property of the Italian state.
Although this small church contains numerous paintings and frescoes, the most famous piece of art is Michelangelo's Moses from 1545 found to the right of the altar.

The chains of St. Peter are displayed in the confessio before the altar. The feast of the chains of St. Peter is celebrated on 1st August. The feast of St. Peter and St. Paul is on 29th June.

Address: 4a Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli, 00184 Roma

Normally open daily 7:00-12:30 and 15:30-18:00

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