Basilica di San Francesco

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1 Via Francesco Pasanisi, Assisi, Italy
075 819001

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Vikram Vikram
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Landmark of a town that has more than religious significance.... it defines the town! May 20, 2014
Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi is the signature building in most postcards of the charming town of Assisi. It also has its place in Christian history, what with San Francesco's impact to the rest of the world. And, this is one of the most visited attractions in the Rome vicinity after the Vatican museums. Right at the base of a hill about a 15 minute bus ride from the Assisi train station, it's hard to miss, and one certainly doesn't wish to avoid this.

I would suggest about an hour, not more for this. As beautifully constructed as it is, prepare yourself for the SWARM of student groups. Given the rather echo-y halls, it was annoying listening to the cackles of tourists and students. Plus, I'm guilty of doing this myself, but to constantly keep clicking photos (with flash) even when not allowed is annoying.

The town's iconic symbol seen as w…
One of the courtyards
Another view of the courtyard
Lovely yet sublime murals and alfr…
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Vikram says:
Thanks Jim!
Posted on: Jul 07, 2014
rsvpme says:
Now..this place I would love to see...!
Posted on: Jul 06, 2014
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Wonderful, iconic, slightly conflicting Apr 27, 2011
The basilica of Saint Francis is perhaps the only reason you are in Assisi, and most likely will serve as the most impressive pit stop of your visit.

The saint is a bit of a legend. Despite coming from a rich family and enjoying some of life’s finer pleasures, St Francis gave this up for a life of poverty and sheer simplicity. He was the first to receive the stigmata, as far as I am aware and at the point of his death, he refused to live in the palatial accommodation on offer to him in lieu of more basic surroundings. He was canonised very quickly and must serve as one of the most iconic saints in Christianity.

The basilica is divided into two sections:

1. Older part, which contains the tomb of St Francis and the wonderful; frescoes by Giotto and perhaps successive artists.

2. Newer part, which is more obvious as you approach the building. The building is a wonderful gothic piece, again lined with gorgeous frescoes and topped with a wonderful blue ceiling.

Apart from visiting the tomb and gawping at the wonderful art, masses are heard here, very frequently and possibly in a variety of languages. In my opinion, the basilica is a rather delicate balance between being a place of fervent worship and admiration for the saint, against the sheer pull of tourism which has been generated by the iconic man and the wonderful frescoes contained within. Apart from this, it is perfectly acceptable to feel conflicted when you visit the place - I admired the simplicity and humility of St Francis’s life and teachings, yet don’t want to think about what he would have made of the lavish surroundings and mass tourism.

Photographs are banned. The ones I acquired were taken rather shamefully!

Definitely worth visiting.
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straniera85 stranier…
1 reviews
Basilica di San Francesco May 01, 2011
It is one of the most gorgeous places ı have ever seen...When you arrive the city by train, it s the first thing u see and seems like the peace of this small town...It has a great Panorama...If u have a chance to visit Assisi, Basilica di San Francesco should be your first destination ;)
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Eric Eric
408 reviews
Jan 20, 2006
If you're coming to Assisi, this church is probably the main reason you're here. It contains the remains of St. Francis, co-founder of the Franciscan order. Born to a wealthy merchant father, he renounced his worldy possessions after a vision from God and dedicated his life to helping the poor and rebuilding the church. While wandering the wildnerness he also claimed to have received the "stigmata", wounds which imitated the wounds of the crucified Christ and which make him easily identifiable in many paintings.The church itself is pretty impressive and split into two levels. The lower level is dark and crypt-like, but you can descend and check out the remains of St. Francis from here. The upper level is well-lit, open, and decorated with a bunch of frescos by Giotto depicting the life of St. Francis.I took a tour, but since you have to be silent in many parts of the church they give the tour guide a headset and everyone else wireless receivers. Unfortunately, the quality of the headphones is pretty poor and it's difficult to hear anything, so I'd recommend getting a good tour book or printing out some more info about the church beforehand.
Front of church.
Lower courtyard behind the church.…
The well manicured front lawn.

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Assisi (pronounced /əˈsiːzi/ or /əˈsiːsi/) (Latin: Asisium), is a town in Italy in province of Perugia, Italy, in the Umbria region, on the western flank of Mt. Subasio. It is the birthplace …di San Francesco, reopened less than two years later.     Churches       * The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi

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