Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, Assisi

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World Heritage listed, Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi features frescoes by Giotto, Lorenzetti, Martini, and Cimabue. St. Francis' monumental tomb is also located within the complex, which dates back to the 12th century. The info office, opposite the entrance into the lower church, can help you schedule a guided tour in English--probably the best way to appreciate this artistic and architectural gem of medieval Italy. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi by using our Assisi trip itinerary planner.
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  • The highlight of our visit was to walk the silent, lantern lit streets around the Basilica at midnight in complete safety. 
    The highlight of our visit was to walk the silent, lantern lit streets around the Basilica at midnight in complete safety.  more »
  • Awesome experience. I am not Catholic so it wasn't a religious experience for me but was a historical and architectural one. I loved the frescas and the cathedral windows. 
    Awesome experience. I am not Catholic so it wasn't a religious experience for me but was a historical and architectural one. I loved the frescas and the cathedral windows.  more »
  • The Catedral is large and has the upper and lower floors and a must see in Assisi. Saint Francis ( 1181-1226) was described as a mystic and active catholic friar who foundered the Franciscans and... 
    The Catedral is large and has the upper and lower floors and a must see in Assisi. Saint Francis ( 1181-1226) was described as a mystic and active catholic friar who foundered the Franciscans and...  more »
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  • Such a holy and magnificent cathedral to visit. This was one of the most emotional visits. You can feel the presence of the saints in this cathedral. You feel safe and peaceful. It’s full of valuable objects from the ancient times. I wished that we all could be like Saint Francesco!
  • Simply astonishing! I was totally blown away by the medieval art and depiction of saints Francis and Jesus Christ. It was surreal to see where he was buried as it's a prayer sanctuary. There were quite a few believers who were praying. It's a great place to visit with family. It's definitely worth a visit. There are some covid19 protocols in place so there weren't too many people and masks are mandatory.
  • Church used to be an extraordinary example of medieval Italian architecture, but it never recovered from recent earthquake that made parts of Basilica crash. Frescoes inside, especially in upper basilica, are to a large extent damaged beyond repair. Lower basilica is in better shape, though. A few of remaining frescoes are by Giotto himself, most by his followers (of lesser quality) and some by Cimabue (including saint's portrait).
  • Amazing church with amazingly detailed audio guide. Was just a little lost on which pillar they were referring to but once you get the hang of it, it was great. Mass was also located in a quiet corner so you don't get disturbed by the tour groups visiting.
  • This is stunningly impressive. As an animal lover less so as no dogs allowed. The size and Deco is inspiring. Had to go round separately as one of us had to wait outside with the dogs. To the organisers we and probably most would have liked a blessing for our dogs. We would have paid for one.

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