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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 44 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the Basilica and appreciated the cassette tour guide which interpreted the frescos, artwork and history. The tomb of St Francis's resting place in the crypt was a very moving experience. An overwhelming sense of peace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

It started snowing as soon as we arrived. We attended mass in the lower basilica . I was really struck by a mural which showed the roman soldiers erecting the cross with Jesus attached. It is a really breathtaking picture. The lower chapel is quite dark. I am really really glad that i went there.

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

very lovely- seen this two times. The Frescoes are amazing. Bothe the upper and lower need to be visited by all!

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Vancouver, Canada
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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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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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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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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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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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