Celebrity Moses to Get Facelift By Staff Author Published on October 15, 1997 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Michelangelo’s marble statue of Moses, nearly 500 years old, the centerpiece of Pope Julius II’s tomb in Rome’s Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, will be restored for the first time in nearly two centuries, say reports. Work is scheduled to begin in January and to last nine months. Cost of the project has been set at about $241,000. Notice to Readers: In observance of the long Thanksgiving weekend, the PEOPLE.Com Daily will not publish on Thursday or Friday. The Daily shall resume on Monday, Nov. 27. In the meantime, a very happy holiday to all.