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Day 6 – St. Peter’s in Chains, Campidoglio

Thursday, we were all a little tired from packing so much into each day, so we decided to have a solo day and only do a couple things; each of us went to separate parts of the city and saw a few quick things of interest. I decided to check out the St. Peter in Chains church near the Colesseum and Michelangelo’s Campidoglio down the road.

St. Peter's chains

St. Peter's chains

St. Peter had a problem with getting caught; he got locked up two times, and these are the two chains which, when they were brought together hundreds of years later, miraculously clinked together.

Michelangelo's Moses

Michelangelo's Moses

Nowadays, this is what everyone comes here to see. This giant partial facade was comissioned by the Pope as his sarcoffigus, but just after starting, the same Pope changed his mind and ordered  Mike to do the Sistine Ceiling. When the Pope died, shortly thereafter, there was no more funding for this project, so it remains very incomplete. Moses, seated in lower the center, is the masterpiece; a combination of at rest and tenseness, he is preparing to repremand the Israelites for worshipping the golden calf and has the ten commandments under his arm. None of the close-ups showed well because it was so dark in the church, unfortunately.

Michelangelo's Campidoglio

Michelangelo's Campidoglio

Michelangelo’s Campidoglio was down the street fifteen minutes and up a steep staircase, also designed by him, in Piazza Venezia. This is a statue of Constantine on a horse, converting people…but not really. It’s actually Marcus Aurelius, but was mistaken for Constantine, so it was one of the few pre-Christianity statues to survive.

Later in the evening, we went across the river to the Testacchio district, which is apparently the club district. And we drank and danced. Night over.

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