Does the Temple of Minerva have an entrance fee in July?
How long should we allocate here, would 45 mins-1 hr be enough?
The church behind the facade of the Temple of Minerva has no redeeming artistic value that I am aware of; you can safely skip it.
Thanks Zerlina, where would you suggest would be better?
Keeping in mind I am trying to hold the interest of my young son!
Thanks vagabonda, got the admission fees and reviews I was after from your links.
I have also posted a question about St Francis' Basilica if you wouldn't mind having a look please.
It's posted in the Umbria forum as well.
There is no fee to enter Minerva ...and I totally disagree with the other poster as to the value of viewing.
It is small...but one of the only Baroque style churches in Assisi and has a beautiful Madonna over the alter...(and for kicks, I swear there is an alien painted in the right hand corner...see if you agree!! :)
Minerva church is built on the ancient Pagan temple of Minerva.
If you do not have an interest in meditation or prayer there, you can easily see the inside in 15 minutes...and because it is truly in the center of the village - why not!!!???
My favorite churchs here in Assisi are San Damiano and San Stefano...two of the oldest in the village.
None of the churches here in Assisi have entrance fees!!!!
I must say, I do also agree with alaskaitaly on the value of viewing Minerva, despite Frommer’s comment that it has a thoroughly uninteresting baroque interior (guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder), for although I have been in countless churches throughout Italy, and it has been several years since visiting Minerva, I can still very vividly recall this church’s interior of blues and baroque, so it has made a lasting impression.
The façade is beautiful; the position in Assisi stunning and the sense of history is compelling.
Will check you post on St. Francis Basilica.
I love pink marble, so the Basilica of St. Clare (Santa Chiara), is one of my favorites in Assisi. If you park below the town and take the escalator up, you pass it on the trek to the Basilica of St. Francis. There is no entry fee.
Above the town, the castle Rocca Maggiore is massive and intimidating. From up there, you can see the entire valley.
There is an escalator??? You mean like a moving, major department store type escalator????
I'm imagining century old buildings, churches, walking in the footsteps of St.Francis.
Conveniences of the modern world... a real shame sometimes!
Don't worry about the "modern conveniences"...the escalator often does not work!
Best to park in Piazza Matteoti and walk down to the Basilica - passing by Chiesa San Rufino where Francis and Claire were baptised and is the site of the present Bishop and then thru the Piazza del Comune where you can go off to Santa Chiara, Temple Minerva, San Stefano, Chiesa Nuova, drink a cappuccino at one of the outdoor bars and then keep walking down to the Basilica.
and then, if tired, you can always take the small bus back up to Matteoti or to the piazza Comune.
OR..if you come by bus from the train station...you can still get off at Matteoti - walk down the hill visiting those places I've mentioned...down to the Basilica and you can catch the bus at the bottom of the Basilica to take you to the train station.
Hee Hee, that's funny!!!!
Maybe the elevator feels so out of place amongst its classy neighbours that it is just unable to function! ;o)
I am taking your advice and visiting everywhere you have recommended, many, many thanks indeed!