The statue of Moses, inside the Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains ((San Pietro in Vincoli), is one of Michelangelo's masterpieces that can be found in Rome.
Michelangelo's Moses inside Saint Peters in Chains Basilica
Picture of St. Peter's in Chains Basilica © 2006 by James Martin, Europe Travel
Michelangelo's Moses occupies the center of a work called "Tomb of Pope Julius II", despite the fact that Julius, who commissioned the work, is buried in St. Peter's. The work was part of a larger plan for a grandiose tomb, but Michelangelo was diverted by the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Julius died before the tomb was completed, and his heirs opted for a smaller, cheaper tomb in St. Peters. What was left of the tomb is what you see today installed in the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains. More: Where to See Michelangelo's Art in Rome