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Basilica di San Francesco

Visible for miles around, the Basilica di San Francesco is the crowning glory of Assisi's Unesco World Heritage ensemble. It's divided into the Basilica Superiore, with a celebrated cycle of Giotto frescoes, and ben…
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Basilica Superiore

Assisi's upper church was built just after the lower church, between 1230 and 1253, and the change in style and grandiosity is readily apparent. One of the most famous pieces of art in the world is the 28-part fresc…
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Basilica Inferiore

The lower church was built between 1228 and 1230. The stained-glass windows are the work of master craftsmen brought in from Germany, England and Flanders during the 13th century, and were quite an architectural fea…
Christian Site in Assisi

Eremo delle Carceri

In around 1205 St Francis chose these caves above Assisi as his hermitage where he could retire to contemplate spiritual matters and be at one with nature. The carceri (isolated places, or 'prisons') along Monte Sub…
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Chiesa di San Damiano

It's a 1.5km olive-tree-lined stroll southeast of Assisi's centre to the church where St Francis first heard the voice of God and where he wrote his Canticle of the Creatures. You walk through the church's various f…
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Tomb of St Francis

Hidden for almost 600 years, this tomb was discovered in 1818 following a 52-day dig, and painstakingly restored in 2011.
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Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli

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 some 4km west and several hundred metres further down the hill from old A…
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Basilica di Santa Chiara

Built in a 13th-century Romanesque style, with steep ramparts and a striking pink-and-white facade, this church is dedicated to St Clare, a spiritual contemporary of St Francis and founder of the Sorelle Povere di S…
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Rocca Maggiore

Dominating the city is the massive 14th-century Rocca Maggiore, an oft-expanded, pillaged and rebuilt hill-fortress offering 360-degree views of Perugia to the north and the surrounding valleys below. Walk up windin…
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Duomo di San Rufino

The 13th-century Romanesque church, remodelled by Galeazzo Alessi in the 16th century, contains the fountain where St Francis and St Clare were baptised. The facade is festooned with grotesque figures and fantastic …