Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, Assisi

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Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, on the Umbrian plains near Assisi, is the birthplace of Christianity's Franciscan Order. The intricately frescoed basilica stands 75 m (246 ft) high. A carved tree trunk holds the altar in the building's crypt. You can view St. Francis of Assisi's rope belt, as well as his deathbed in the Capello del Transito, where he died in 1226. Be sure to visit the Porziuncola, the small ninth-century stone chapel around which the structure was built. With our world travel planner, Assisi attractions like Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I take my students here every year when we make our pilgrimage to Assisi. I feel like many visitors miss seeing this church because it requires a bus ride down from “old Assisi” to “new Assisi”— but.....  more
    I take my students here every year when we make our pilgrimage to Assisi. I feel like many visitors miss seeing this church because it requires a bus ride down from “old Assisi” to “new Assisi”— but.....  more »
  • This church represents an oasis.The entrance must be done in meditation, because what you will find inside, if approached in the right way, will allow you to enjoy a feeling of peace that you will... 
    This church represents an oasis.The entrance must be done in meditation, because what you will find inside, if approached in the right way, will allow you to enjoy a feeling of peace that you will...  more »
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  • Perfect place, it's so emotional beeing at Porciuncula!
  • This Francis-linked site is a bit off the main trek, but should be considered essential and is actually rather easy to reach, particularly if coming in by train. It is an easy 1/2 mile stroll from the station. Once there you will not only find the stone chapel that Francis and followers rebuilt at the start of his ministry, but a chapel marks the place of his death. The complex is vast with interesting displays of creches, some focus on telling the story of Clair, and a large bookshop. Connection between the train station and Assisi is available by a city bus ride - buy inexpensive tickets from the helpful shop at the station - that transports one near the top of town where gravity can lead you through the town.

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