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Basilica di San Francesco

Address: Piazza San Francesco, 2, 06081 Assisi, Italy
Phone Number: (+39) 075.8190084
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Ranked #1 of 45 Attractions in Assisi
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: This Basilica is a treasure trove of paintings by such masters as Simone Martini, Pietro...
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: This Basilica is a treasure trove of paintings by such masters as Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti, Cimabue, Giotto and many others.

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Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

A beautiful and inspirational place!! You could spend a long time reflecting on the beautiful frescoes, you are truly touched by the history and meaningful experience...

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ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The first church in the crypt is stunning, intimate and feels spiritual. Don't miss it. A very special place. The top floor church has amazing frescoes - having both together with such an incredible courtyard make this a special place.

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Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, SP
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I loved this place, Iand did not want to leave. I strongly recommend that you know the frescoes of Giotto, the tomb of St Francis, regardless of any religious belief. Basilica di St Francesco it's a unique experience that I will never forget.

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Houston, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I highly recommend that you stay through a church service at the Basilica. The whole space comes alive with the sound of beautiful chant. This is a very special place.

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Adelaide, Australia
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108 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The building was begun in 1228, 2 years after St Francis death and took another 100 years to complete. The frescoes were done by the foremost artists of the day (Giotto, Lorenzetti, Martini). The frescoes by Giotto of the Life of St Francis are some of the most renowned in Italy. St Francis is buried in the basilica and you... More 

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Armidale, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is an amazing building, quite awe inspiring, regardless of any religious beliefs. A great feeling of peace descends when you are there. We were one of the lucky ones and had Daniela Moretti as our tour guide for 5 hours in Assisi.

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Teverola, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Walk through the doors of the lower basilica and you will find beautiful art and the history of the beloved St. Francis. Go to the Cyrpt and then walk to the upper basilica to see the frescos. Plan to attend vespers or a mass. Silence and prayer are a must.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Giotto's tribute to St Francis is restored to its glory, but it is not the only wonderful art to adorn this basilica full of history. The Basilica has different levels, and lots of stories. We went on a guided tour with Assisi Anne Robichaud who made the stones come to life,and held us enthralled. Spend as much time as you... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Wonderful Basilica and a sacred place of pilgrimage. For me, the most interesting part was the Upper Basilica with amazing blue and golden colors of the nave and 28 frescoes of Giotto along the lower part of the nave representing the major life events of St.Fransis. The events themselves present little interest for me; the most enjoyable part was the... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

In the film Religulous, Bill Maher carries an extended conversation with Reginald Foster, an American Catholic priest and friar of the Order of Discalced Carmelites (It’s called Wikipedia, folks). When Mahar asked Foster about the bizarre tendency of Catholics in a monotheistic religion to pray to an entity other than their actually god, Foster responded by citing a survey done... More 

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