Assisi Cathedral (Italian: Cattedrale di Assisi or Cattedrale di San Rufino di Assisi), dedicated to San Rufino (Rufinus of Assisi) is a major church in Assisi, Italy, that has been important in the history of the Franciscan order. In this church Saint Francis of Assisi (1182), Saint Clare (1193) and many of their original disciples were baptised. It was on hearing Francis preaching in this church in 1209 that Clare became deeply touched by his message and realized her calling. Tommaso da Celano related that once Saint Francis was witnessed praying in this church while, at the same time, he was seen jumping on a chariot of fire in the Porziuncola. READ MORE
As well as being of significant architectural importance, the Cathedral of S. Rufino has also been important throughout the history of the Franciscan movement. It was in the previous church that St. Francis preached for the first time. In the same building Clare met Bishop Guido who presented her with the blessed olive branch on Palm Sunday. A series of other buildings once stood on the site of the present Cathedral. Building work started in 1140, on instructions from Giovanni da Gubbio.