|Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi|
|Located in central Italy, Assisi has endured a parade |
of conquerors for nearly three-thousand years.
|Assisi is dominated by its topography, an elongated ridge which,|
nonetheless, has seldom served as much of a defensive asset.
|The Basilica of St. Francis dominates the Assisi skyline. The city's|
walls, built on ancient Roman foundations, were more
of a tactical defense than strategic.
|(Top-left) The Betrayal of Jesus, (top-right) The Apocalypse, |
(center-left) The Sermon to the Birds, and (bottom-left) by
Pietro Lorenzetti, a Pieta.
|This cutaway drawing of the Basilica Church of St. Francis of |
Assisi illustrates medieval construction techniques
as well as the dual nature of the church
|Inside his basilica church, on the upper level, the|
life of St. Francis is depicted in fresco. The works are
so uneven in quality and condition that many
experts now dispute the attribution to Giotto.
|Though its arched vaults are strong, yet graceful,|
in visiting the Lower Church, one can't help but
have the feeling of being in a "basement" crypt.
|The picturesque Eremo delle Carceri, |
the smaller of two fortresses built during
medieval times to protect the city of Assisi.