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Archive : Assisi

I was introduced to Assisi, a beautiful Umbrian hill town where St. Francis was born, by a good friend of mine.

Assisi
Santa Chiara Santa Chiara Santa Chiara
The San Damiano cross, in front of which St. Francis was told to rebuild the church The tomb of St. Clare San Pietro
Old house Old house The Palazzo Del Capitano Del Popolo, adjoining the Roman Temple Of Minerva
Assisi Rocca Maggiore Inside the Temple Of Minerva (now a church)
Assisi
The Basilica Of St. Francis Of Assisi
The Basilica Of St. Francis is one of the earliest major gothic buildings in Italy. The upper church is decorated with frescoes by Giotto, and was severely damaged in an earthquake in 1997. The tomb of St. Francis can be found in the crypt.
Entrance to the lower church The Basilica Of St. Francis Of Assisi
The cloister The habit of St. Francis (reputedly) The upper church
The lower church The lower church
The Basilica Of St. Francis Of Assisi
The Basilica Of Santa Maria Degli Angeli, which contains the Porziuncola The Porziuncola, a church within a church Inside the Porziuncola
The Porziuncola dates from the ninth century and is the place where St. Francis founded the Franciscan order. Los Angeles is named after the Porziuncola, just as San Francisco is named after St. Francis.

Spello is another hill town not far from Assisi.

Spello

On the same trip, I passed through Rome, for the fourth time (see first, second, third).

At the gates of Rome - Porta Del Popolo (Porta Flaminia) Piazza Del Popolo Gates of Villa Borghese
The Arch Of Gallienus The walls of Rome Porta Asinaria
Santa Maria Maggiore Santa Maria Maggiore Santa Maria Maggiore
Sistine Chapel at Santa Maria Maggiore Santa Maria Maggiore Santa Maria Maggiore
Crypt holding the Reliquary Of The Holy Crib The baldachin Santa Maria Maggiore
Much of Santa Maria Maggiore dates back to the fifth century.
The Archbasilica Of St. John Lateran, the cathedral of Rome St. John Lateran St. John Lateran
St. John Lateran St. John Lateran The ciborium
St. John Lateran The ciborium St. John Lateran
St. John Lateran is the seat of the pope and therefore the cathedral of Rome (i.e. above St. Peter's Basilica). It lies on Vatican territory, rather than Italy.
Sacro Cuore Del Suffragio Sant'Andrea Sant'Andrea
Il Vittoriano Sant'Ivo Alla Sapienza Brutal yet interesting signal box at Termini
St. Peter's Basilica