San Damiano - Church of Saint Clair
Here St. Clare spent her monastic experience from 1212 and founded the Order of St. Clare. In the "small hut of linens in a corner of the house" San Francesco wrote the first draft of the Canticle of the Creatures.
The Basilica of St. Francis
The Lower Church - the entrance in the church is the fine double portal surrounded by three beautiful rose windows and a portico, added in the 15th century.
The austere Romanesque-Gothic plan of the building has the form of a double T-shape.
The interior (unfortunately you cannot take the pictures), which consists of a single nave divided up into five bays, has a double transept and a semi-circular apse. In the dim light ehich pervades the whole church, the star-spangled blue vaults are quite breathtaking.
In the middle part of the nave, a staircase leads down to the Crypt, where the sacred remains of St. Francis are contained in a stone urn.
The most impressive frescoes can be seen in the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalena, by Giotto and his schol. In the Chapel of St. Martin there are some magnificent frescoes painted by Simone Martini, while in the presbytery there are frescoes painted by Giotto and Cimabue.
I only stayed in Assis a few hours; it was a stop during the trip to Florence. I’ve been surprised with the city because I didn’t knew anything from the city and I don’t expected to find a city almost all made of stone and rocks with small streets also in stone with gifts shop in every corner