Cattedrale di San Rufino
Cattedrale di San Rufino
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First built as early as the 5th century, this historic church features the baptismal font of St. Francis, St. Clare and Emperor Frederick II.
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Marina
Sorocaba, SP102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The church is beautiful, and you can notice that the construction is very old, because you can see the original remains of the foundation inside. Just next to the church also is the place where Santa Chiara was born, now a sanctuary.
Written April 9, 2024
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,638 contributions
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May 2022
Surprisingly, Assisi’s patron saint is not St Francis, but St Rufino.
Of course the Basilica of St Francis is the star attraction in Assisi but even if you have limited time in Assisi, the 11th century Cathedral is worth visiting.
St Rufino was the first bishop of Assisi and was martyred here in the 3rd century. He was thrown into a river, weighted down by a stone which was tied around his neck and hIs bod, which washed up downstream, is now buried in the crypt here.
Unfortunately the downstairs crypt and museum is not always open.
We didn’t think to check the hours beforehand so it was shut when we went and our visit was a quicker one than we’d expected.
Even so, there is still enough to see here. The highlights were St Francis’ baptismal font, traces of Roman ruins and the curious pair of lions out the front.
Two highly stylised lions flank the front doors. It’s the lion on the left that caught my eye. He is chomping into the head of a Christian martyr. The other one is about to scoff a goat. It’s not exactly a welcoming entrance.
Rich carvings cover the facade. There are geometric patterns, fanciful creatures and animal and plant motifs.
The ancient stone baptismal font is just inside the front doors, to your right. Don’t expect anything grand. It’s plain enough that you could easily walk past it without noticing. Regardless, there is something quite incredible about looking at it, knowing that over 800 years ago, baby St Francis was baptised here. St Clare was also baptised in the font.
The Roman ruins are just traces. Glass panels on the floor reveal stonework and foundations from an earlier 9th century church and Roman temple ruins. On your left as you walk in, an ancient Roman cistern with inscriptions of the names of the local magistrates who ordered its construction, can be seen through a cutaway stone arch. There are just layers and layers of history here.
Entry is free although there is a small fee for the musuem. Unlike the basilica, photos are OK.
Written December 15, 2022
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands3,127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The 13th-century Romanesque Cattedrale of San Rufino stands on the spot where Francis was baptized in 1182.
The current cathedral was built on the ruins of two other religious buildings ans was built in Romanesque style and decorated with decorative friezes.
Also the interior is well worth a visit.
Admission is free, but a small donation will always be appreciated.
Written December 13, 2022
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G.B.
871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The church itself is not exceptional, but the peculiarity is that just nearby there is the place where he was born and grew up St. Clare. Moreover, the baptismal font is the one where St. Francis was baptized. E' moreover present the crypt of St. Rufino.
Written October 7, 2021
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4historyandculture
Charlotte, NC1,543 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
It is cool and peaceful inside. Another great cathedral on the top of the hill in Assisi.
Free to enter but there is a charge for being blesssed.
Written August 18, 2021
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kgilbert78
Columbus, OH2,711 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Interesting due to the connection with St Francis. I enjoyed the way the archeology was blended into the church's floor. It is worth a brief stop.
Written June 30, 2020
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mosesloh
Singapore, Singapore178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This is the Co-Cathedral of the Diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, dedicated to St. Rufinus of Assisi, who helped to convert this town to Christianity in the 3rd Century. His tomb can be found under the main altar. This church is not as grand, compared to the Basilicas of St. Francis, St. Clare and St. Mary of the Angels. Nonetheless, what is significant is that it was in this church that St. Francis and St. Clare were baptised. It was also here that St. Clare discovered her vocation after hearing St. Francis preached. Entrance is free (except if you are intending to go to the museum) and photo-taking is allowed.
Written January 16, 2020
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Elgiecg
Dubai, United Arab Emirates173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This was the first church that we had visited once we arrived in Assisi. A gorgeous church where Saint Francis was baptized. Very privileged as a Catholic to have visited this place.
Written January 4, 2020
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Theresa D
Perth, Australia1,056 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
You can walk along quite a bit of the aisle area inside the Cathedral and look through perspex covers to ancient excavations of earlier days in Assisi. Beautiful art throughout and quiet side altars
Written December 25, 2019
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chatwinesque
Lisbon, Portugal111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
San Ruffino is the cathedral of Assisi - especially remarkable for its beautiful - austere and graceful - façade, and a spacious and light interior, where the baptismal basin where Saint Francis and Saint Claire were baptized almost disappears under flowers and an iron grille. I didn't see the museum, but they say is good.
Written December 9, 2019
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