Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis

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.

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all paintings in the lower and upper Basilica represent Saint Francis pilgrimages

all paintings in the lower and upper Basilica represent Saint Francis pilgrimages

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...most beautiful ceilings...

…most beautiful ceilings…

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the holy sister's Saint Clare's sarcophag

the holy sister’s Saint Clare’s sarcophag

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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.

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The atrium of the convention

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The stairways lead down to the catacombs, where some excavations have been preserved

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...stairs leading you every where what ever your destination might be..

…stairs leading you every where what ever your destination might be..

..... there is always an open door.....

….. there is always an open door…..

.....to knock on....

…..to knock on….

the sister's shoes....

the sister’s shoes….

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...the brothers

…the brothers

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an artist of the many.... to capture St. Francis

an artist of the many…. to capture St. Francis

...after our cappuccino break we went up the hills to the Grotto, where Saint Francis escaped for his meditation, such a serene place surrounded by old old oak trees...

…after our cappuccino break we went up the hills to the Grotto, where Saint Francis escaped for his meditation, such a serene place surrounded by old  oak trees…

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Saint Francis with his birds as he is recognized all over the world...

Saint Francis with his birds as he is recognized all over the world…

Since I could not cover the entire life of Saint Francis, feel free to learn more about  this wonderful being St.Francis @ the website of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/francisofassisi

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5 Responses to Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis

  1. Lovely post, Cornelia. My sister has just been there and told me a lot about the place. Amazing interior shots in the basilica. The shot I like best is the little olive tree in the courtyard.

    • Thank you Roger, wasn’t easy to get the interior shots, because I was watched from the priest guardians all the time, since I used a high ISO , therefore no flash and I shot from my knees….olive tree I wanted to be more contrast, but the light wasn’t as I wished. But anyways thank you so much for liking.

  2. Judi McKenzie says:

    More fabulous photos, Cornelia! Such a beautiful place. I’m glad you got to go. Now we all get to see how wonderful everything was! Yes, shooting inside is always a challenge, but our digital cameras certainly made a huge difference! I loved all the shots that showed the details! Thanks for sharing! xxx

  3. Flora Nadafi says:

    Hi Cornelia,

    I not only enjoy your posts, I learn a lot from them.

    Love,

    Flora

    Sent from my iPad

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