Santuario di Rivotorto
Santuario di Rivotorto
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LRS D
32 contributions
Jul 2021
The installation of stone "housing" is a helpful aid to understand how St Francis and a few brothers would have lived early on, although it is probably more of a structure than was actually there. It is a good walk from the upper city allowing panoramic vistas and encounters with the humble roads and farms of the area. The church is lovely as well, and there are some special statutes outside the church.
Written September 1, 2021
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KatrinaMolini
Corciano, Italy7,514 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We live in Umbria, but we visited Rivotorto by chance. I saw the facade of the sanctuary from the car and googled it. We found out that this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s one of the important Franciscan sites along with Santa Maria Degli Angeli and Assisi. Here, right inside the church you will see the so called hovel reconstructed on the place where St. Francis and his very first followers lived, prayed and basically started the Franciscan Order. Very interesting place.
Written August 2, 2022
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taotzu
Dharamsala, India438 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
A but far app 5kms. 4 from Assisi railway station. Linea C bus available. But very few services. We walked. Old cathedral is nestled in the new one. Very important for St Francis lovers. Nice view of Assisi. Good farms.
Written March 18, 2016
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Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, FL6,483 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
We stopped at the Sacre Tugurio Church or Santa Maria di Rivotorto (destroyed in an earthquake in 1853 and rebuilt in 1926) where the Franciscan order was said to have begun. Inside the church is the Santuario di Rivotorto, a Sacred Hovel, the first of two houses where St Francis and his ‘brothers’ found shelter around 1208. Rivotorto, meaning crooked stream, takes its name from the stream at the base of Mount Subasio that runs near the left side of this church and hovel comes from the word Tugurio. The Sacre Tugurio Church was built around St Francis' original tiny stone hovel in order to preserve the humble cottage. This simple stone cottage, that housed about 12 followers, symbolizes the spiritual poverty embraced by St Francis. The large church, dimly lit with limited daylight pouring through the stained glass windows above the altar, allows one to focus less on the large church but more on the humble beginnings of St Francis. The fact that this simple, tiny stone ‘hovel’ is located inside this much newer church, by contrast, shows the simple and poor ways in which Francis and his early friars lived.
Written May 30, 2017
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ruthandvern
Wilton, CA15,442 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
We were staying in the valley below the ancient town where Francis grew up and found his faith and pursued it. We went to San Rufino to see where he had been baptized and spent time in prayer and contemplation, we saw the symbolic crucifix at San Damiano. Through this time he would come down to the valley through a pine forest, 4-5 km from town with his followers and stay in what was essentially a branch covered hut on a farmer's property and pray and discuss the mission of living the life Jesus led, of following the gospel in poverty, charity, prayer and fasting. That hut is gone, but the "hovel" that is within the walls of this sanctuary is filled with the spirit of the men who came here. It is a wonderful representation of the heart of the first Franciscan mission. There is a real feeling of pure serenity in this place. Sit and soak it into your self.
Written May 25, 2015
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,390 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
When we visited we were unable to enter as mass was being held. Inside the church though is the hovel where St. Francis is believed to have lived and wrote his “Form of Life”
In 1853, the original church was destroyed in an earthquake and the present day building was constructed.
Written May 25, 2019
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fvanhulsen
Egmond-Binnen, The Netherlands25 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
Here one feels the freshness of the Fransiscans. In this church are the first stable-sheds where the first franciscans prayed and came together and healed the sick and weary. Visit the nearby WW2 gravefield hereafter. Ponder about our freedom.
Written September 7, 2017
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3247Deanna
Encinitas, CA96 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
A moderate sized church built around two very small rooms that show the way St. Francis and his early followers lived while he beginning his time as a servant of God. It is here that he wrote things that stated the importance of simplicity, poverty, and prayer.
I got more feeling of his life here than in the ornate Porziuncola of Saint Maria of the Angels. These two Rivotorto (winding river) building are simple stone. The Porziuncola is decorated with circa 1500 paintings and a 1700 steeple, which while very colorful and lovely, do not seem to me to express anything about the what the Saint preached in the 1200s. (Just my opinion).

A short walk away is a cemetery for UK service men killed here during WWII with touching remarks in stone from families of the deceased.
Written June 4, 2015
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Joe G
Coatbridge, UK29 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
Lovely little church,well worth a visit and not far from Commonwealth cemetary which is worth visiting too. Well cared for and reminder of those who gave their lives
Written June 1, 2015
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brn2trvl2
Greensboro, NC185 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
This is a steep walk from Assisi, but worth it. This is the location of the first Franciscan community. It houses the room and dining table used by St Clare, a chapel, and other historic artifacts.
Before you make the walk check the hours. Since this is an active community they only are open at certain times
Written June 4, 2018
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