7 Minutes Away - Saint Peter In Chains And Michelangelo's Moses
A masterpiece by Michelangelo? Before visiting the Sistine Chapel, visit this splendid basilica, one of Rome’s oldest, and the final resting place of Pope Julius II, the great patron of Michelangelo, from whom he also commissioned his monumental tomb. The statue of Moses is part of this ensemble.
In 442, Licinia Eudoxia, the wife of Emperor Valentinian III, ordered a church to be built near the Baths of Titus in which to house the chains of St Peter, (“vincula” in Latin), which the Empress’s mother, Elia Eudoxia, had received as a gift from Juvenal, the patriarch of Jerusalem, during her travels in the Holy Land.
The Basilica has been restored on several occasions and its current form dates back to work carried out under Pope Julius II in 1503. Ten years later his remains were buried here.