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San Damiano

Via San Damiano, Assisi, Italy
075-812-273
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Ranked #3 of 38 attractions in Assisi
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Description: The church of San Damiano was restored by St. Frances of Assisi and later served as home for St. Clare.
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We walked down through the olive groves to reach this church, retracing the steps of the saints. This is the spot where St Francis heard the command "Rebuild my Church" - an order which he took literally. It is also the place where the Lady Clare and her Poor Ladies were established in their enclosed order. So much remains from... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

In the panoply of San Francesco sights in Assisi this was the most spiritually compelling one. It is the place where he received his original call to reform the church, it was where Francesco hid from his father's brutality, it his first residence post-renunciation and was the first of residence of Santa Chiara (St. Clare) and her sisters, it was... More

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I think it's important to visit this little church where St. Francis heard his calling and where St. Clare established her order.

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Varese, Italy
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41 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

As a Franciscan ex-student, I was so emotional about visiting all these places where St. Francis is related... St. Francis Basilica: imposing... Chiesa Nuova: a gem... Porziuncola: awe inspiring but brought me some sad feelings; during the time of St. Francis this area was all woods, the chapel was standing alone (plus some small huts around), no buildings nearby, no... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

San Damiano is just down the road from the town of Assisi. You can walk if you wish although many take a taxi to it and the Carceri, St. francis's hermitage. It is just beautiful. Surrounded by vineyards andolive trees, it is still an operating Francican convent for men. Originally, it was built on the first little church that Franics... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is such a treasure of a place. It is stunning... the walk down to the convent is gorgeous, lined with olive trees. St Clare's footsteps can be found all around this place, and especially where she was when she passed away. The courtyard in the center is so beautiful, full of flowers. The crucifix in St Clares sleeping room... More

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Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Where the story of St Francis began. The church is slightly out of Assisi and might be missed by some who decide not to make the journey - we were almost down that route, but thankfully we did make the journey, and I'm so pleased we did. Everyone respected the silence of the church. There was a peaceful feeling as... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Some of the olive trees are over 300 years old along this walk to Clare' convent. This place is a special tribute to St Clare's beautiful caring soul. You can meditate in the bedroom where she died and feel the energy of the nuns in the former refectory.

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Melbourne, Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

A short 10-15 min walk through olive groves and you arrive at one of the most spiritual places I have ever been to. Its easy to feel close to God in this place that St. Francis rebuilt. See where it all began for St. Francis and Assisi - A gorgeous haven well worth a visit whether you are religious or... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Well preserved and authentic medieval cloister. The walk to the church from Assisi was wonderful. You're able to see the rooms where Clare lived ddied.

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