Basilica di Santa Chiara
Basilica di Santa Chiara Assisi Reviews
Not a bad visit! Apr 27, 2011
This basilica is dedicated to Saint Chiara (or Claire in English). Saint Chiara was a contemporary of Saint Francis and one of his closest followers. Born from a wealthy background, Chiara renounced her lifestyle at a very young age and quickly became a devout follower of Francis. On Christmas Eve in 1252, she was unable to attend mass in the newly constructed basilica of Saint Francis. By some miracle, she was blessed with the ability to see and hear the event even though she was a few miles away. For this reason, she is the patron saint of television and sore eyes!! She was canonized pretty quickly too, just two years after her death, so this is quite impressive in anyone’s books!
The building is rather beautiful; dating from the thirteenth century, the basilica was constructed in a gothic style and now houses some rather special things. Amongst other things, this includes:
- artefacts belonging to Saint Francis;
- the tomb of Saint Chiara;
- the crucifix that is said to have spoken to Saint Francis;
- tunics belonging to Saints Chiara and Francis; and
- a lock of Saint Chiara’s hair.
Though the tomb is very nicely done, I thought the basilica was just nice enough in general. However, it’s still very good - just a bit more difficult to appreciate after seeing the high splendour of the basilica of Saint Francis!
Worth seeing after you have seen the main sight in Assisi.
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