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Assisi Italy stretches out on the slopes of the Mount Subasio, above
the plain where the Topino and  Chiascio rivers flow. Although it can boast Roman origins, its present-day appearance, because of the buildings and also the urban structure, is surely due to the city's development during the Middle Ages. Assisi's oldest nucleus, which  is protected by a defensive apparatus made up of eight fortified entrance portals and a long belt of town walls, which are still perfectly preserved, is topped by  two castles on peak of the mountain: the Major Castle, reconstructed by the Cardinal Albornoz in 1367 and the Minor Castle. Apart from religious buildings too important not to be considered the exclusive but universal heritage of Assisi such as the Basilica of St.Francis and the Saint Francis Forest, the tourist can also visit the churches of St. Clare and St. Peter.

Assisi Italy: Map of the old town center
Click on the map to enlarge: you will note that Porta Nuova is almost irrelevant, but you must know that from here you enter in the great mystery of Assisi
The Cathedral, dedicated to the Patron Saint St. Rufino, vaunts a splendid and unaltered facade with sculptures and reliefs; the interior, however, has undergone much reconstruction during the centuries which have distorted the original project dating back to the 13th century. On the Town Square situated on the ancient Forum, you will find the Priors' Palace (1337), the Palace of the People's Captain (12th century) and the Church of Saint Mary above Minerva (temple of  Minerva), built during the augustean period with pronaos, columms and corinthian capitals which are still intact.
Nearby you can visit the places connected with the life of St. Francis, as the New Church which was his birthplace. The frescoes of the early '900 were covered by a layer of pseudo marble and no one, until now, could have imagined what was hided beneath. The ancient splendor has returned to light thanks to the sensibility of the Consulate of the Russian Federation in Ancona and the munificent generosity of Mr. Sergey Matvienko of St. Petersburg. The Eremitage of the Prisons, immersed in a thick wood of oaks and ilex on the slopes of the Subasio Mountain, and the convent of  St. Damian, which was built up around the oratory were, according to tradition, the Cross spoke to the Saint. Finally, in the plain, the impressive Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels was built according to the plans of Alessi between 1569 and 1679 to protect the Porziuncola Chapel, which was the first simple meeting-place of the Francescan brotherhood. All those who have the good luck of visiting this splendid town have to agree with who says that the beauty of town goes beyond a short, and necessarily incomplete list of works of art more or less extraordinary, but is however to be found in the atmosphere of places which the story and the faith of the Saint have rendered unique all over the world.


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