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Cathedral in Assisi

Assisi Cathedral: A Historical Marvel

The Cathedral of San Rufino in Assisi, also known as the Basilica di San Francesco, is a stunning example of Italian Gothic architecture located in the town of Assisi in Umbria, Italy. The Roman Catholic cathedral was founded in the 11th century and consecrated in 1253 and has been a symbol of faith and devotion for millions of people around the world. It is famous for its intricate façade and beautiful frescoes that adorn the interior walls.

The cathedral’s architectural style is predominantly Romanesque with Gothic influences added later during renovations. An interesting feature of the building’s façade is its asymmetrical design due to alterations made over time and intricate carvings that tell stories of biblical events. The bell tower stands tall at 59 meters and is visible from miles away, making it a landmark for pilgrims visiting Assisi.

The cathedral is divided into two levels with the upper level consisting of a nave and two aisles. The lower level contains crypts where Saint Francis and other important figures are buried. The façade features three rose windows, each representing one of the theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity. Above these windows are sculptures depicting scenes from the life of Saint Francis.

The interior of the Cathedral is truly breathtaking with its vibrant frescoes adorning nearly every inch of wall space. Visitors can marvel at its Gothic-style architecture, adorned with stunning frescoes painted by renowned Italian artists such as Cimabue and Giotto di Bondone. One cannot help but feel humbled by the sheer grandeur of this masterpiece, which is a testament to human creativity and ingenuity.

Read what others share about their experience

  • Salvatore Petrone
    2 weeks ago
    Assisi is one of the most beautiful and mystical places I have ever seen. To truly appreciate the...
  • Rosa Silver
    7 months ago
    The museum is surprisingly great! So much underground in the crypts where St Francis prayed...
  • Beth Kobernik
    a week ago
    This Cathedral in Assisi is beautiful and dramatic. There is a nice piazza at the entrance to the...
  • Hartmut Pfortner
    a year ago
    The Authentic fassade is unique, but when entering I was firstly disappointed. But please go in ,...
  • Patrick Mowrer
    8 months ago
    Some parts of the floor are glass so you can see the ancient structures below. Don't miss the...

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