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Santa Maria degli Angeli Basilica – Assisi

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The Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli is located at the foot of the hill of Assisi. It was built in the late 16th century to enclose the Porziuncola, the 9th century little church where a young St. Francis understood his vocation and started the Franciscan movement.

The Basilica was built to better accommodate the vast number of pilgrims that every year were visiting the Porziuncola. It is the seventh largest Christian church; it was designed in a Mannerist style by two famous architects Galeazzo Alessi and Vignola.

In 1832 an earthquake partly destroyed the Basilica. The reconstruction initially remodeled the façade in a neoclassical style but later it was given back to its original pre-Baroque style.

Things to see

The church houses the Cappella Del Transito where St. Francis died in 1226. The chapel is decorated with frescoes and houses the Rope of St. Francis.

The Porziuncola (Little Portion) is decorated by artist from different ages. The sober interior is in a simple gothic style with frescoes. Ilario da Viterbo painted the outstanding six-part fresco located in the apse.

Right outside the Basilica is located the Rose Garden, the last remains of the woods where St. Francis and his friars lived.