Assisi, is in the province of Perugia, in the region of Tuscany and Umbria. It is known as the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded The Franciscan Religious Order in 1208 and as well the Saint Clare, holy sister, the founder of poor sisters, which became later on the Order of the Poor Clares, after she had passed away.
Francis of Assisi lived the inspirited live typical of a wealthy young man, although his father didn’t want to recognize him. While he was going off to war in 1204 Francis had a vision where he lost his taste of his worldly life and eventually certain experiences moved him to live in poverty. He began preaching on the streets and later on he founded the Order of Poor Clares, which became an enclosed order for women.
Numerous miracles happened to him in his life on his travels to Egypt, Rome and other places. He founded the Franciscan Order in Assisi which eventually became recognized all over the world.
He believed that nature itself was the mirror of God, and he called creatures his “brothers” and “sisters” and even he preached to the birds. Saint Francis is also very well known for his love to animals.
In 1228 he was pronounced as a Saint by Pope Georg IX, and he passed away in 1230.
While we were in the upper basilica there was a mass being celebrated by a group of devoted believers from South Africa……. though it was really not allowed to take pictures in this basilica I happened to snug in some many shots as you have seen.
The atrium of the convention
The stairways lead down to the catacombs, where some excavations have been preserved