Assisi

ASSISI

Assisi, protected by the western spur of Monte Subasio (1.290 m), dominates the evocative valley of Topino and Chiascio.

Its medieval appearance, boasting narrow, tortuous and often steep streets, a mystical and peaceful atmosphere, Franciscan remains and numerous operas of art, make Assisi one of the most frequented Meta’s for pilgrims and tourists alike. There are numerous, evocative and traditional celebrations in Assisi, for example during Holy Week, the night of May Day and during the Forgiveness of Assisi.

In the vicinity we can find the San Francesco Monastery, also known as Le Carceri (The Gaols.)

In September 1997, Assisi suffered grave damage due to an earthquake which destroyed numerous Umbrian and Marchigiani areas. The face of the Basilica Superiore della Chiesa di San Francesco (the High Cathedral of the Church of S. Francis) partially collapsed, also causing human victims. Many works of art were damaged. Apart from the Cathedral of San Francesco, the Cathedral of San Ruffino, the Church of San Giorgio, Santa Maria Maggiore and the Abbey of San Pietro also suffered damage. Restoration work began immediately and today, many of those damaged buildings have been restored, where possible, to their original state.

This wonderful place known in ancient times as Asisium, meaning centre of Umbrian areas, was the Roman Town Hall and a flourishing free Commune during medieval times. Despite a tenacious resistance, it fell under the domination of Perugia and became the subject of various dominations until it fell directly under that of the Church. The Latin poet Properzio, and Saints Francis (1181) and Chiara (1198) were born here. Dante also sang about it, referring to it by the name of Ascesi (par., XI, 53).

The Romaness of Assisi is shown by the Temple of Minerva (now Saint Maria above Minerva, in the main square and also remembered in one of the frescoes depicting the story of St. Francis in the Cathedral dedicated to the Saint), by the Forum, a theatre and an amphitheatre, and by a house with frescoes. Its medieval houses, which were also gravely damaged in the seismic activity of ’97, are closely positioned in the small public squares, the public buildings (the Capitano del Popolo, Dei Consoli, Dei Priori), the arcade of the Monte Frumentario (1267) and the Romanesque and Gothic churches of San Rufino (Cathedral), Santa Maria Maggiore, San Giacomo, San Giorgio (in the Santa Chiara Convent), Santa Maria delle Rose, San Pietro, Santa Chiara.

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