Posted by: danielfee | September 11, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 09-11-2012

Fountain in Piazza del Comune – Assisi, Italy

 

Tempio di Minerva  & Torre del Popolo – Assisi, Italy

 

Assisi is a town in the Umbria region in central Italy. It was the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in the town in 1208. It is also the birth place of St. Clare, the founder of the Poor Sisters, which later became the Order of Poor Clares after her death.

Around 1000 BC a wave of immigrants settled in the upper Tiber valley in the neighborhood of Assisi. These were the Umbians, living in small fortified settlements on high ground. The Romans took control of central Italy in 295 BC. They built the flourishing municipium Asisium on a series of terraces on Mt. Subasio. Roman remains can still be found in Assisi including the city walls,  Piazza del Comune (formally the forum), a theatre, an amphitheatre and the Temple of Minerva (now transformed into the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva). The Torre del Popolo (People’s Tower) stands on the Piazza del Comune next to the Temple of Minerva. Its construction dates from the second half of the thirteenth century. The tower was built in several stages and was completed in 1305. The clock was installed mid-fifteenth century.

 

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  1. This brings back lovely memories, thank you!


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