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The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi (St. Francis), Assisi, Umbria, Italy. | by Jim Linwood
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The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi (St. Francis), Assisi, Umbria, Italy.

The Basilica of San Francesco, one of Italy's foremost monuments, was built between 1228 and 1253 AD. The short period of its construction, rare for a church of this size, is often explained as a measure of the great love that the people of the time had for St. Francis. By the mid 1400's pilgrims were flocking to Assisi from all parts of Europe and today the walled medieval town and its grand basilica are among the most visited of Christian shrines.

 

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Taken on October 10, 2001