Orvieto and Assisi
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September 13th, 2002 – by: lorenzmartins
One of the most sights in Orvieto, beside the Duomo, is The Pozzo di San Patrizio and this is its story:
While Emperos Charles V was sacking Rome in 1527, the Medici Pope Clement VII took advantage of a dark night and the disguise of a fruit vendor to sneak out of his besieged Roman fortress and scurry up to Orvieto. Convinced that the emperor would follow him, Clement set about fortifying his position. Orvieto's main military problem throughout history has been a lack of water. Clement hired Antonio da Sangallo (il giovane) to dig a new well that would ensure an abundant supply in case the pope should have to ride out another siege.
Assisi is a town close to Perugia on the western flank of Monte Subasio. It is the birthplace of St.
The main sight of Assisi is the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi and it's a World Heritage site and one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy. The Franciscan monastery of St Francis were begun immediately after his canonization in 1228, and completed in 1253. It is built into the side of a hill and comprises two churches known as the Upper Church and the Lower Church, and a crypt where the remains of the saint are interred. With its accompanying friary, the basilica is a distinctive landmark to those approaching Assisi. The interior of the Upper Church is important as an early example of the Gothic style in Italy.
The Basilica was badly damaged by the earthquake of Sept 26, 1997, when part of the vault collapsed, killing four people inside the church and carrying with it a fresco by Cimabue. The edifice and was closed for two years for restoration.
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