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“Inspirational”

Santa Maria degli Angeli
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Ranked #4 of 106 things to do in Assisi
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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 interior whose architectural style is Doric.
Reviewed April 23, 2014

Well worth the visit during the day or best in late evening. Inspirational atmosphere and very beautiful. It is an ideal overnight stop before visiting nearby Assisi where parking is problematic.

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

My short stay in this little village, which is really special, was nothing short of Heaven on earth.
The peacefulness, the Basilica enclosing St. Francis's place of prayer was wonderful in every sense of the word. The feeling of peace and goodness there has to be experienced to be understood. I look forward to returning there some time.

1  Thank Joananne3
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

Adventure out of the main town of Assisi to the other churches. The place is amazing and the gift shop has wonderful treasures. The chocolate they sell is great.

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

For any visitor to Assisi, it is essential to travel from the hilltop town down to the plains to the nearby town of Santa Maria degli Angeli.

The town itself is a pretty normal sort of place - not as picturesque as Assisi, but also not as overwhelmed by tourists (except for the area surrounding the Basilica). There are decent cafes and restaurants and a regular bus service links the two towns.

The must-be-seen attraction is not the Basilica itself (although it is a handsome building, constructed in the 16th/17th centuries). It is what is housed within - the Porziuncula, the Transito, the Rose Garden and the Rose Chapel.

Like the Basilica of Assisi, there is a sharp contrast between what Saint Francis constructed (little huts and shelters) and what the Church has erected around it.

The Porziuncula is a tiny church, (originally the gift of the Benedictines to St Francis) dwarfed by the soaring surroundings. But it still gives a sense of peace and awe to the reverent visitors.

The Transito is a little side chapel built to mark the spot where St Francis died. [His body was hastily taken up the hill to Assisi, lest others might claim his relics].

It was in the Crypt that the remains of original little huts were discovered in the 20th century. There are now striking works of art there, but it gets crowded with tourists!

The Rose Garden is a real highlight for most tour groups - the rose trees are a symbolic remnant of the actual garden where Francis loved to be quiet and to commune with nature. The statue of the saint feeding the birds attracts real birds (maybe because the bowl he holds contains grain?). So many people have been taken aback when the 'lifelike' doves flutter their real wings and fly off!

The Rose Chapel which is the next stop after the garden has lovely paintings (16th century).

Outside the Basilica, on the left hand side of the square, is an excellent shop - it has a wide range books on Francis and Franciscanism in a variety of languages.

We were lucky in happening to enter the Basilica during Mass, with a young Sister singing most beautifully. We felt that we had been blessed by the angels and saints!

3  Thank G and B R
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

It is in the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli about 3 km down the hill from Assisi. All the tour books say this church is in Assisi and technically maybe it is, but the people who live there say it isnt. It is an incredible place no matter where it is.The basilica was built around a revered place of St. Francis and is now a church within a church. The day I was there they were having a funeral for a local priest and the volunteers were very zealous about not allowing pictures, or getting to close to something and they ended up closing the little church to visitors. There isnt anything else in the town to see, but the trip down the mountain from Assisi was worth the bus ride to see this.

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