During my stay in Assisi I was happy to be able to look out my window every morning and night and see this wonderful church which is connected to a Benedictine Monastery. The church is 10th century rebuilt in the 13th. Because contemplation is an important part of the Benedictine day Benedict believed that statutes, paintings etc. should not be allowed so the monks would not be distracted from their duties. Some people may find this a bit austere but I think because of the size and height and because the dimensions are so in harmony that this is a place that can have a happy and calming on a person. The one thing that seems a somewhat out of place is a 'Little Town of Bethlehem to the left and behind the altar. As you approach lights in the tiny windows suddenly switch on. I found this rather charming. One morning I stepped in to find bunches of white flowers at the ends of aisles, some pews and on the altar for a wedding. The flowers looked so lovely against the stone of the church with the light from the windows slanting on the floor and walls. I thought what a lovely place for a wedding.
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