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The tour is organized to search for the numerous relics of saints in the eternal city. From the Basilia of Santa Maria Maggiore, where according to legend is preserved the "sacred cradle," the manger in which, according to the Gospels, Jesus was deposed newborn. But in Santa Maria Maggiore there are also other objects of deep religious value. Inside the museum of the Basilica is in fact kept the crib oldest still visible, made in 1288 by Arnolfo di Cambio, commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV. Also, in the Christmas 2007 was recovered from a room not open to the public panniculum, a piece of cloth the size of a hand, according to tradition, is a portion of the bands with which Mary wrapped Baby Jesus, and that is now housed in a relic of great value given by Pius IX.
The tour continues on to the church of St. Peter in Chains, famous for the Michelangelo's statue of Moses, part of the tomb of Pope Jiulius II for Pope Julius II and also for the presence of chains of San Peter located under the main altar.