Although the basilica at Assissi is well known as a site for Christian pilgrims drawn to the crypt of Saint Francis, the architecture and views of the area are also a magnet for travellers.

The town of Assissi is part of the province of Perugia in the Umbria region, on the western flank of Monte Subasio.


Along with a adjoining friary for the Franciscan order of monks, the basilica sits high on a hill, a striking landmark as you approach Assisi.

It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

Started in 1228, the basilica includes two churches known as the Upper Church and the Lower Church, and a tomb containing the remains of Saint Francis of Assissi.

The interior of the Upper Church is an important early example of the Gothic style in Italy.

Overall, the basilica is an impressive site with incredible views over the surrounding countryside.

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