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San Damiano, Assisi

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St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecosystems, is said to have been praying at San Damiano in 1205, when the structure was in disrepair. While kneeling, he saw a vision that told him to rebuild the church. The interior of the cathedral has a single nave, one circular rose window, and a wooden crucifix dating back to 1637. Although St. Francis' history here attracts visitors, it is primarily a place devoted to humble tranquility. Take a look at our Assisi tourist route planner to schedule your visit to San Damiano and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Where to stay in Assisi

To enjoy a sumptuous stay near most of the Assisi's main tourist attractions, check into a luxury hotel in the bustling heart of town. Visitors looking for a distinctly local alternative to a hotel can stay at one of many convent guesthouses in and around the city. Offering traditional B&B accommodation with simple comforts and good food, monastery lodgings are an ideal escape from the activity of the tourist-driven areas, as well as a good base for exploring the history-rich countryside surrounding the city.
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  • I have been here 3 times and still get more out of it eveytime. My best advice to the unknowing traveller is, once you enter the chapel of the cross, walk right up to the altar to the right near the c...  more »
  • A great place to learn more about the San Damiano cross and its importance to St. Francis and the church. A very interesting stop.  more »
  • Very important historical church. Enjoyed learning more about the Clares and St Clare. Was lucky to have a Franciscan give us a tour.  more »
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  • Very simple yet pristine place. Away from the crowds. The history here is awe inspiring.
  • Sacred grounds and yes, awe inspiring.
  • Amazingly peaceful and prayerful place.
  • A truly holy place!
  • SAL SOLO WAS HERE?