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Basilica of St Francis of Assisi  
   

Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

Imposing walk to the upper church, consecrated 1253
Mellowing in Italy - Assisi, Saturday 2007 May 19

May 19th 2007
I am sitting in the shade at the grand Santa Maria degli Angeli, 4 or 5 km (depending on the sign) downhill from Assisi. Inside the Basilica is the church where St. Francis bestowed the cowl on St. Clair and where he died. The inside of the whole basilica is not overly ornate – the frescoes and statues, bas reliefs, and trompe l'oeil are above the side panels. The plainness of the high vaulted c ... read more
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