San Damiano Convent
San Damiano Convent Assisi Reviews
Authentic and serene place Apr 27, 2011
Although many pilgrims and tourists flock to see the basilica where Saint Francis was laid to rest, very few make the effort to come and see this convent. This is a great pity really, as it has a very strong connection to the saint while he was alive.
The site has been associated with worship since the eleventh century. At this convent, Saint Francis received his calling in the thirteenth century and it is also the place where Saint Chiara (one of Francis's contemporaries and closest followers) died.
The convent is still very authentic and a rather quiet place of worship. Visitors are readily welcomed though. The building has been continually embellished; with a Romanesque feel and fourteenth century frescoes and a fifteenth century cloister. Apart from the building itself, the convent owns the surrounding lands which are gorgeously green, offer spectacular views of Umbria and even have a statue of Saint Francis in meditation.
Though it is a short walk from central Assisi, this is a very worth pit stop for the views and the historical significance of the convent and its strong connection with the saint.
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