Homage to Assisi after the earthquake--Views of the city, San Francesco, and Santa Clara




The pilgrimage city

A hill city located in Umbria, Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims flock yearly to San Francesco, where St. Francis is buried, enjoying as well the beauties of this medieval town.

Views of the city

The city streets

The central square with the Temple to Minerva, later converted to a Christian church (St. Mary over Minerva), the Tower of the People beside the temple, and the 18th century fountain




The basilica of San Francesco, was begun in 1228, two year after St. Francis' death. The upper church contains frescoes by the Giotto and Cimabue. The lower church has frescoes by Simone Martini. See this site for images of the Giotto and Simone Martini frescoes.

 

The church of Santa Clara

Santa Clara, born in Assisi and received into the Franciscan order, founded the Poor Clares, an order devoted to the Franciscan ideal of poverty. According to the Golden Legend she overcame the Saracens when they attacked Assisi.



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