Assisi from the Latin: Asisium) is a town and comune of Italy in province of Perugia, in the Umbria region and on the western flank of Monte Subasio. It was the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in the town in 1208, and St. Clare (Chiara d’Offreducci), the founder of the order of Poor Clares. Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows of the 19th century was also born in Assisi. MORE INFORMATION: Assisi on Line
Featured Religious Attractions in Assisi
Filled with spectacular frescoes by Giotto, this church is Assisi’s crowning glory. It is a place of pilgrimage for Francis devotees and art lovers alike.
This 13th-century church is the final resting place of St. Clare, the beloved friend of St. Francis and founder-abbess of the Order of the Poor Clares.
Assisi’s cathedral is dedicated to San Rufino, the bishop who first brought Christianity to the city. St. Francis and St. Clare were baptized here.
A peacefully isolated church and monastery in the wooded slopes outside Assisi’s walls, this was the first monastic home of St. Francis and his followers.
This church and convent outside the city walls is where the crucifix spoke to St. Francis, prompting him to repair it and begin his ministry. Later, St. Clare lived and died here.
This grand Baroque basilica houses the small Porziuncola, a chapel restored by St. Francis and the place where St. Clare took her vows, as well as the humble cell in which St. Francis died.
This Baroque church incorporates the original classical facade of the Temple of Minerva, dating from the time of Christ.