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    Monastero di San Giuseppe

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 4, 2013
    Monastero di San Giuseppe

    San Giuseppe nunnery was formed from two separate communities, Sant'Apollinare and San Paolo, each of which was established outside Assisi. One is the community of female penitents, that originally settled at the Eremo di Sant Apollinare, then later on established Monastero di Sant Apollinare here on this site in 1264. The other community of Benedictine nuns, originally from San Paolo delle Abbadesse, moved to the adjacent site in 1330.
    San Paolo was suppressed in 1442 because of the nuns' poor behavior, and its property was transferred to the community of Sant'Apollinare. The community of Sant Apollinare was suppressed in 1866 and since 1897 this complex became the Monastero delle Benedittine di San Giuseppe.
    There are two churches inside the complex of San Giuseppe and the nunnery also offers accommodation.

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    Piazza del Comune

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 4, 2013

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    Piazza del Comune (the Main Square of the town) is situated at the heart of the town and built on the site of the ancient Roman forum. The square is surrounded by ancient medieval buildings, and a fountain stands in the middle.
    To the side of the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, a turreted the 13th century building, stands the beautiful Municipal Tower from the 14th century in which the "Bell of Lauds" was placed in 1926.
    Museo Civico contains an extesive collection of both Etruscan and Roman artefacts.

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    The Basilica of St. Francis

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 3, 2013

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    This is the look of the Upper Basilica when approaching from direction of Via San Francesco. The huge and beautiful rose window dominates the front facade which is, besides it, very simple designed.
    This is the holy place, by all means, always crowded by pilgrims coming here from whole the world. When strolling around the variety of languages can be heard.
    The Upper Basilica is situated in so-called Piazza Superiore..

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    The Basilica of St. Francis

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    The Lower and the Upper Basilica are conected by one little square where the souveniers shop is situated.
    On the other part, there is a Museum and the gallery of art. Below it you can see the colonaded courtyard of the Sacred Convent which is closed for the visitors. Too bad because it looks really very attractive..

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    Chiesa Nuova

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 2, 2013

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    A very beautiful Chiesa Nuova (the New Church) is situated just a foot from the Piazza del Comune. This Greek-cross shaped Baroque church has been erected in 1615 on commission of King Philip III of Spain on the site of the presumed home of San Francesco. During visit to Assisis in 1613, Antonio de Trejo, The Spanish Vicar General of the Franciscans was saddened when he saw the original home of St. Francis becoming dilapidated.
    According to tradition, San Francesco was born in the place of the actual contigous Oratorio di San francesco Piccolino.
    The bronze statues in Piazza Chiesa Nuova, by Roberto Joppolo, depicts Pietro di Bernardone and Modonna Pica, the parents of St. Francis.

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    The Priors' Palace

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 2, 2013

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    Palazzo dei Priori&Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo

    The left side of the Piazza del Comune is closed by the Priors' Palace from 14th century (1337), which nowadays houses the town council offices, and the Municipal Picture Gallery, containing frescoes by the Byzantine, Umbrian and Siennese school, as well as those painted by the followers of Giotto, paintings by Nelli, Alunno and Tiberio d'Assisi.
    Next to it stands Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, built in 1282.

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    Fontana dei Tre Leoni

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 2, 2013
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    The main square of Assisi (Piazza del Comune) features large public fountain erected in 1762 by Giovanni Martinucci. It is called "Fontana dei Tre Leoni" (the Fountain of Three Lions). The fountain is favorite meeting point for young Assisians and usual break and resting point for the visitors after strolling around....

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    Visit the Basilica San Francesco

    by Beausoleil Updated May 26, 2013

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    St. Francis Basilica through the gate
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    St. Francis of Assisi is famous and many people journey to Assisi to visit the Basilica there. It is well worth the trip whether for religous or artistic reasons . . . or simply for sightseeing. The church itself is amazing since the inside is covered with frescoes. The views from the basilica are truly wonderful since the church is perched on top of the highest hill in the area. You can see for miles.

    The official web site is mostly in Italian but if you scan through it, there are some English links and schedules that are either in English or easily readable in Italian. Official Web Site of St. Francis of Assisi

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    Fortezza Militare Rocca Magiore

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 18, 2012

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    The town is dominated by two medieval castles. The larger, called Rocca Maggiore, is a massive presence meant to intimidate the people of the town: it was built by Cardinal Albornoz (1367). The smaller of the two was built much earlier, in the Roman era. However, not all of it stands, and only a small portion and three towers are open to the public.
    UNESCO collectively designated the major monuments and urban fabric of Assisi as a World Heritage Site.

    You can watch my 3 min 46 sec Video Assisi out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Basilica of Saint Clare

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 18, 2012

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    The Basilica of Saint Clare (Basilica di Santa Chiara) is a church in Assisi. It is dedicated to and contains the remains of Saint Clare of Assisi, a follower of Saint Francis of Assisi and founder of the Order of Poor Ladies, known today as the Order of Saint Clare.
    After having remained hidden for six centuries - like the remains of St. Francis - and after much search had been made, Clare's tomb was found in 1850.

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    Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 18, 2012

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    The Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (Saint Mary of the Angels) is a church situated in the plain at the foot of the hill of Assisi in the frazione of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
    The basilica was constructed in the Mannerist style between 1569 and 1679 enclosing the 9th century little church, the Porziuncola, the most sacred place for the Franciscans. It was here that the young Francis of Assisi understood his vocation and renounced the world in order to live in poverty among the poor and thus started the Franciscan movement.

    You can watch my 2 min 37 sec Video Assisi Basilica of Santa Maria out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 18, 2012

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    Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

    The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor—commonly known as the Franciscan Order—in Assisi the city where St. Francis was born and died.
    The basilica is one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy. With its accompanying friary, the basilica is a distinctive landmark to those approaching Assisi. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

    The basilica, which was begun in 1228, 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. The interior of the Upper Church is an important early example of the Gothic style in Italy. The Upper and Lower Churches are decorated with frescoes by numerous late medieval painters from the Roman and Tuscan schools, and include works by Giotto.

    Unfortunately it was forbidden to take photos and videos inside the Sacro Convento and the Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

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    Sacro Convento

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 18, 2012

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    Sacro Convento

    The Sacro Convento is a Franciscan friary in Assisi. The friary is connected as part of three buildings to the upper and lower church of the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi, where the friars custody with great reverence the body of Saint Francis. St. Francis wanted to be buried at this location outside of Assisi's city walls, called Hill of Hell (Collo d'Inferno - here were the gallows where criminals were put to death).
    The Conventual Franciscans consider Assisi as the mother town and the monastery as spiritual centre of their order.

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    Temple of Minerva (Santa Maria sopra Minerva)

    by basstbn Updated Feb 8, 2012

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    One of the older sites within an ancient city, the former Temple of Minerva, now a Christian church (Santa Maria sopra Minerva) is one of Assisi's "must-sees."

    The entire Roman facade, with its six splendid Corinthian columns, remains from the first century BC. Note - the tower is not part of the Roman Temple, but a later construction. The classical structure faced a major piazza when built, as it does today (Piazza del Comune). Archeologists unearthed a female statue at the location and assumed the temple was dedicated to Minerva, the goddess of wisdom. The later discovery of a plaque indicates a higher likelihood the temple was actually devoted to Hercules, but Minerva's name remains - Temple of Minerva is a catchier title, anyway. There is also belief among scholars that the old piazza was the site of the execution of early Christians.

    After several centuries of abandonment, 6th century Benedictine monks began to restore and utilize the space. From the 13th to the early 16th century, the temple served as city jail, but was then returned to sacred use. In 1539, Pope Paul III ordered the inner sanctum to be completely restored and dedicated to the Virgin Mary "queen of true wisdom."

    As you can see from the attached photos, the church nave is decorated in an extravagant Baroque style. It is beautiful, but the contrast to the classical exterior is nonetheless a shock to the senses.

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    Temple of Minerva

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    Tempio di Minerva

    Next to the Municipal Tower stands the Temple of Minerva which was re-converted into the Church of S. Maria sopra Minerva. The temple was re-converted in the first half of the 16th century, with Baroque transformations added at later date.
    The construction is a superb example of a temple of the Augustan period (1C B.C.). Worthy of note is the beautiful pronaos, formed by six fluted columns, which rise up from a flight of steps, with Corinthian capitals supporting a triangular tympanum.

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