Porta San Francesco
The old core of Assisi has medieval structure and it was enclosed by the city walls which have been destroyed during the centuries. Today, only a traces of the city walls can be seen around. There were several entrances into the city and most of the gates are very well preserved. On this pictures you can see the most of the city gates, such as Porta San Francesco, Porta Moiano, Porta San Pietro and posta Santa Chiara.
Assisi Museum of the Basilica
If you are in Assisi as a devotee of St Francis and his life, you will not want to miss the articles contained in the Basilica Museum. The most revered is the crucifix of Giunta Pisano (about 1236) and also you will find the robes of St. Francis as shown in these photos.
This castle is purched further up the side of the hill giving excellent views of Assisi and the surrounding countryside. Documented for the first time in 1174, the Rocca had been erected as a feudal castle. Frederick of Swavia, the future emperor Frederick II, christened in Assisi at the age of three in 1197, passed several years of his childhood in this castle. A year later, in 1198, the inhabitants of Assisi destroyed the fortress during an independence up-rising. Only in 1367 Cardinal Albornoz rebuilt the fortress. In 1485 the ruler of the town of that period ordered the construction of the 12-sided tower and the long connection wall; then in 1535-38 Pope Paul III ordered the construction of the circular tower near the entrance.
PILGRIMAGE TO ST. FRANCIS
"ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI"
St. Francis' Prayer:
"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal
The only land locked state in Italy. A land of grapes, tomatoes, olives, oaks, and Saints.