Santa Maria degli Angeli

Our tour this morning started in the valley below Assisi.  

Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria degli Angeli

Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli (Saint Mary of the Angels) was constructed between 1569 and 1679 and encloses the small wayside chapel known as Our Lady of the Valley of Josaphat or of the Angels.  Legend tells us that this chapel was constructed under Pope Liberius (352-366).  Although abandoned and in poor condition at the time of Francis (1181-1226), it was in this small chapel that St. Francis of Assisi prayed and had a mystical vision of Jesus Christ.  The Icon of Christ Crucified came alive and spoke to Francis saying to him three times “Francis, Francis, go and repair My house which, as you see, is falling into ruins.” (WikiPedia)

Statue of Lion outside Santa Maria degli Angeli
Statue of Lion outside Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Statue on top of Santa Maria degli Angeli
Statue on top of Santa Maria degli Angeli
Statue of St. Mary on top of Santa Maria degli Angeli
Statue of St. Mary on top of Santa Maria degli Angeli
Statue on top of Santa Maria degli Angeli
Statue on top of Santa Maria degli Angeli
Statue of St. Francis
Statue of St. Francis
Statue of St. Francis
Statue of St. Francis
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria degli Angeli

No photos were allowed inside the basilica, so I can’t share what I saw inside.  However, the facade and outside of the basilica may give you some idea of the wonderful interior.

Next stop, the hill top of Assisi.

Mark

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