Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli
Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli information
That enormous domed church you can see as you approach Assisi along the Tiber Valley is the 16th-century Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, the seventh largest church in the world, some 4km west and several hundred metres further down the hill from old Assisi.
Built between 1565 and 1685, its vast ornate confines house the tiny, humble Porziuncola Chapel , where St Francis first took refuge having found his vocation and given up his worldly goods, and which is generally regarded as the place where the Franciscan movement started. St Francis died at the site of the Cappella del Transito on 3 October 1226.