Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, Assisi

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World Heritage listed, Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi features frescoes by Giotto, Lorenzetti, Martini, and Cimabue. St. Francis' monumental tomb is also located within the complex, which dates back to the 12th century. The info office, opposite the entrance into the lower church, can help you schedule a guided tour in English--probably the best way to appreciate this artistic and architectural gem of medieval Italy. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi by using our Assisi trip itinerary planner.
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  • Be sure to visit the Basilica of St. Francis when in Assissi. This is a wonderful old church. By all means take time to visit the home church of St. Francis. 
    Be sure to visit the Basilica of St. Francis when in Assissi. This is a wonderful old church. By all means take time to visit the home church of St. Francis.  more »
  • This awe inspiring House of God is unforgettable. What is most interesting is the fact that there are two cathedrals here, one above the other, both equally magnificent. A number of relics of St... 
    This awe inspiring House of God is unforgettable. What is most interesting is the fact that there are two cathedrals here, one above the other, both equally magnificent. A number of relics of St...  more »
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  • A tranquil beautiful place. The building was quite overwhelming in its quiet magnificence. So disappointed not to be able to take photos but totally understood. The ceilings around the altar are so breathtaking in their beauty. The architecture and different painted scenes are complex and overwhelming in the skill seen. Some of the best I have witnessed in my journey to Rome and Assissi. Italy's architectural gifts are blessed. The crypt where the remains of St Francis lies is small well lit staffed and busy. There are pews to rest upon to enjoy moments of quiet reflection and candles can be purchased which are lit after one's departure. The views from outside the Basilica are far reaching and splendid. A place to hold in the heart.
  • We enjoyed walking the streets of the little village of Assisi. Assisi was the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in 1208. Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi was where St. Francis was born and died. The Basilica consists of an upper and lower sanctuary, where St. Francis is buried. The church is decorated with gorgeous geometric designs, frescoes painted in many colors, some with gold stars on a blue painted background. The best is to hire a private guide, and I recommend this, to understand the historical significance of this holy site, but I used my phone to get the right info.

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