In this Basilica, pilgrims can venerate the mortal remains of St. Clare and pray silently in front of the Crucifix which had spoken to Francis.
From the town of Assisi, through beautiful pastoral landscapes, it takes about 15 minutes by walk to get here. It’s Convento of St. Damian , where Saint Francis started his religious life.
Francis was officially declared a saint on July 16, 1228. The following day, the pope Gregory IX laid the first stone of the Church of St. Francis which was consecrated in 1253 and designated as Major Basilica in 1288.