San Damiano is about 1.5 km outside Assisi’s Porta Nuova. A favorite retreat of Francis and his followers–St. Clare founded the order of the Poor Clares here. Entrance is free.
The church and convent of San Damiano is where it all began in Assisi. As the place where St. Francis first received his miraculous calling in 1205 and where St. Clare died in 1253, it is an important stop on the pilgrimage to the Franciscan holy city. The simple oratory is located in a beautiful setting just outside the walls of Assisi.