Posted by: danielfee | December 9, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day 12-09-2011

Basilica di San Francesco – Assisi, Italy


The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is the mother church of the Franciscan Order of the Roman Catholic Church. Assisi is the city where St. Francis was born and died. The basilica is one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy and it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The basilica was begun in 1228 and is built into the side of a hill. It is comprised of two churches known as the Upper Church and the Lower Church. There  is also a crypt where the remains of Saint Francis of Assisi are interred. Both the Upper and Lower Churches are decorated with frescos by numerous late medieval painters from the Roman and Tuscan schools, all inspired by the life of St. Francis. In 1997 an earthquake damaged the basilica and some of the frescos. Giotto’s famous fresco of the Life of St. Francis, which is in the Upper Church, has been fully restored. Photography inside the basilica was not permitted, so I have no photos of the frescos to post. So you will just have to go see them for yourself.

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