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After the death of St Francis in 1226 and following his canonization, Pope Gregory IX laid down a foundation stone on the land where a “specialis ecclesia”—a special church—would be raised. Dedicated to St Francis, the Basilica of San Francesco was consecrated in 1253 by Pope Innocent IV. There are two bodies of construction—the lower church “inferiore” and the upper church “superiore”—built one on top of the other. The two churches correspond respectively to two different construction phases, in which elements of the Umbrian Romanesque and a language influenced by the French Gothic collimate.
Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli The Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli was built between 1569 and 1679, its walls enclose the Franciscan Convent structure built behind the Porziuncola—in Latin Portiuncula. Pope Pius V, at the end of the Council of Trent, commissioned the construction of the Basilica, both for the recognition of the importance assumed by the Franciscan minor order and to host the pilgrims that then, and still now, continue to flock there for the occasion of the Indulgence and Pardon—31st July-2 August—desired by St Francis himself. The church was completed in 1679 with
The Basilica of Saint Clare (Basilica di Santa Chiara in Italian) is a church in Assisi, central Italy. It is dedicated to and contains the remains of Saint Clare of Assisi, a follower of Saint Francis of Assisi and founder of the Order of Poor Ladies, known today as the Order of Saint Clare.
St Francis Woods The Bosco di San Francesco in Assisi is a splendid example of rural Italian landscape, which has 64 hectares and more than 800 years of history. It represents a real and true interior journey to discover the message of the perfect harmony between Man and the Creation that St Francis taught to the world. Visitors can cover the distance of the narrow path that, departing from the San Francesco Basilica and passing the Selva di San Francesco—owned by the Papal Basilica, Sacro Convento di San Francesco d’Assisi—goes through woodlands and cultivated fields, and crosses glades and o
San Damiano is a church with a monastery near Assisi, Italy. Built in the 12th century, it was the first monastery of the Order of Saint Clare, where Saint Clare built her community.
The church has a hut-shaped façade; the entrance is preceded by a short portico with three round arcades supported by brickwork pillars. Above the central arch is a circular rose window. The interior has a single nave with ogival barrel vaults. The right wall is home to a rectangular chapel with, at the altar, a wooden crucifix executed by Innocenzo da Petralia in 1637. The nave ends with a deep apse with a modern
The Eremo delle Carceri is a small hermitage in a steep forest gorge at the Monte Subasio, in Umbria, in middle Italy, four kilometers above Assisi, the steps and bows of which arch over a quatrefoil-shaped hole in the smooth pink stone: the so-called "Devil Hole", a grotto. The word Carceri is from the Latin 'carceres' and means "isolated places" (as well as "prisons").
In the 13th century, Saint Francis of Assisi returned here during his life to pray and contemplate as did other hermits before him. When he first came in 1205, the only building here was a tiny 12th-century oratory. Soon, other
Archaeological Museum and Roman Forum The Museo Archeologico e Foro Romano is located in the most central area of Assisi, the museum site extends under the current Piazza del Comune, which is the city’s focal point from where—still today—the Minerva Roman Temple dominates, and on which the facades of the most important medieval buildings of the town overlook. The archaeological area corresponds to the so-called Central Terrace, one of the monumental platforms realized in the 2nd century BC, in the context of the planning of the Roman town of Asisium. The terrace that for the centrality of its
“Pro Civitate Christiana” Gallery of Contemporary Art The Galleria d’arte contemporanea Pro Civitate Christiana is located right in the historical center of the town of Assisi, in Borgo San Pietro, a few minutes walking distance from Piazza del Comune and the Basilicas of San Francesco and Santa Chiara. Reopened to the public in 2005, the Gallery is hosted by the Pro Civitate Cristiana, an association of laics founded in 1939 by Father Giovanni Rossi. Its purpose was that of promoting catholic culture in contemporary society. The first nucleus of the collection exhibits the works that were pa