This church houses the original crucifix that spoke to St. Francis and the tomb of St. Clare. Her bones are encased underneath a wax image of her.
A beautiful medieval church with a striped pink and white stone facade and lovely rose window, St. Clare's is staffed by the cloistered Franciscan sister called "le clarisse" - Poor Clares in English. It contains the tomb o St. Clare as well as the crucifix of san Damiano - the crucifix that "talked" to St.Francis and told him to rebuild... More
Don't expect this Basilica to be full of frescos. It is simple, but incredibly touching. It has nothing really stunning or extraordinary, but the place feels more real than the Basilica of Saint Francis. If you are in Assisi you need to go there, even just for a moment.
Went to vespers a few times with the Poor Clare nuns. Beautiful and prayerful. Disappointed that most of the frescoes have been erased. I especially liked the art depicting Clare's life in the semicircle around her tomb.
This is such a special place! St Clares remains are actually in this church! Holiness exudes from the walls and fills the air. Also found in this church are relics of St Clare and St Francis. A great place to visit--- truly a blessed and very holy ground.
Of course we also had to visit the church of Saint Francis' companion Saint Claire while we were in Assisi. Although quite crowded there was such an air of peace and serenity everywhere. It was fascinating to see the relics of the clothes Claire and Francis had worn, and try to imagine (difficult) what their lives must have been like.... More
We had to leave Assisi early in the morning and were glad to find that Santa Chiara opens quite early - at 7:00 a.m. - each morning. I found the church to be quite peaceful. It was a nice environment in which to pray and reflect. St. Clare's incorrupt body is housed here. She is quite beautiful and I was... More
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