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Santa Chiara

Piazza Santa Chiara, Assisi, Italy
075-812-282
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Ranked #5 of 43 Attractions in Assisi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Built onto the original Chapel of St. George, this Cathedral is where St. Clare of Assisi was buried in a crypt in 1872.
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Kansas City, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Santa Chiara is at the opposite end of Assisi from the Basilica of San Francesco and what bookends they make for each other just as they did when they were alive . Santa Chiara's church is truly reflective of St Francis, simple with few decorations to distract you from the altar and God. The light coming in through the stained... More

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

After visiting San Francesco, went to Santa Chiara and the church was totally different. Some beautiful stain glass windows, very peaceful

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Lake Placid, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Outside Piazza has beautiful views over Umbria. Inside contains the remains of St. Clare, the original St. Francis/San Damiano Crucifix. The church is rather plain. But hey, St. Clare and St. Francis lived the life of simplicity - so don't expect glamour here. A must-see for fans of Clare and Francis.

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Hennepin, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The word that always comes to mind when thinking of my visit is peace. A sense of calm and peace is what I felt as I walked the aisle and said a prayer. A visit to Assisi isn't complete without spending time here. You will leave with a sense of wonder and reverence. Don't miss this simple, beautiful piazza and... More

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Waco,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Even though this was built after Clare's death, her spirit filled this Basilica. The original icon from San Damiano where St. Francis was praying when he received God's call to "build my church" is housed here at Santa Chiara. It is very powerful and moving. We returned a 2nd day to sit and pray.

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous and filled wih history. Totally worth a visit. The church is beautifully painted and has many objects with religious significance. You can visit the tomb of Saint Claire, which is a moving experience and learn about her life and works.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Who can ever forget seeing the FAMOUS cross. Be still my heart. Amazing and so well worth the visit. It is everything I dreamed of and more.

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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

In the main piazza a huge church of Saint Clair...easy to find and with plenty of views ,seating around the piazza bars and eateries..remember girls to take something to cover your shoulders as they can be a touch funny as it's not allowed ...

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I wasn`t knowledgeable about St. Clare so was very glad to be able to see her church and know she was St. Francis`s first convert.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A simple church but what is holds is so important. Holy relics such as Saint Francis robes and Saint Clare's hair along with the wooden cross under which Saint Francis had his vision which is 800 years old! Can't help but be moved.

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