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Santa Maria degli Angeli

Via Los Angeles and Via Patrono d'Italia, Assisi, Italy
075 80511
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Ranked #5 of 44 Attractions in Assisi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This Basilica was started in 1569 to the designs of Galeazzo Alessi, and features a statue of the Madonna in bronze gilt by G. Colasanti and an... more » Owner description: This Basilica was started in 1569 to the designs of Galeazzo Alessi, and features a statue of the Madonna in bronze gilt by G. Colasanti and an interior whose architectural style is Doric. « less
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Hertfordshire
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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I can endorse everything that sundari 108 has written. We wouldn't have known about this place had our host not told us. We found it the most rewarding of all our visits to cathedrals. We were totally moved & I was moved to tears particularly when you travel towards the rose garden and are greeted by turtle doves on the... More

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Centreville, Virginia
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Built on the flat plain below the town of Assisi is the pilgrimage Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This grandiose church built in the 16th century in the Baroque style according to designs of Alessi had a modern facade by Bazzani added in the 20th century. The interior of the Basilica is immense dwarfing the small chapel the"Portiumcola"... More

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HK
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

The basilica is the holy place for pilgrimage before going uphill to Assisi. There is a chapel inside the basilica, the Porziuncola. Also, there is a Rose garden where St. Francis faced the temptation by rolling his naked body in the bramble thorns to overcome the temptation. Later, the bramble bushes turned into dog roses without thorns. Passing through the... More

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Two white doves nest on a statue of St. Francis of Assisi, who lived and died in a small cell in the church. The birds seem undisturbed by onlookers. The sky above Assisi is filled with birds.

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Nevada City, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
16 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Many of the reviewers here do not seem to understand the spiritual significance of this church. Europe (and Italy in particular) are full of so many amazing churches and cathedrals, that it can start to seem like you are just seeing one beautiful church after another, and it's easy to get caught up in the architecture, etc. Although my favorite... More

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Kajang, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We went to Assisi recently. The Basilica was just 10 minutes walk from the train station. It was built enclosing the 9th century small church where St. Francis heard God's calling him to " go rebuilt my church". It is the holiest shrine of the Capuchin Franciscan Order. Very conducive for prayer and meditation. No photography inside. It is best... More

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Ubeda, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Prayer, San Damian Christ , all is incredible, the body of Santa Clare, It´s nice . Really all is wonderful

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

Saw this church from Assisi and decided to visit. Has a small church within the church and certainly worth the detour.

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Waco,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Beautiful, but we were there in late afternoon, just as hundreds completing pilgrimages arrived, so it was the most crowded of any location we visited in Assisi.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We stopped here after visiting the Basilica of St Francis. It's just amazing that this huge, beautiful building houses a smaller church. The artwork in this church will take your breath away. The monks began to recite the rosary when we were there. So incredibly beautiful and spiritually moving. Take the time to visit this place. There is so much... More

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