Sunday, February 21, 2010
Assisi, the Basilica di San Francesco is the burial place of St. Francis, the revered saint who stood for poverty, chastity, and obedience. This tremendous structure was begun in 1228, two years after the saint's death and houses frescoes by Roman artists depicting the life of St. Francis. We visited at least three other beautiful churches on this mountain top, some conducting Sunday services. You just couldn't help but feel spiritual in this town so based in Christian history and Italian beauty.
Siena's Duomo is one of Italy's greatest and most spectacular cathedrals. Striped black and white marble pillars surrounded by carved busts of the Popes support the vaulted ceiling, painted a deep blue with gold stars to resemble the night sky. With works by Pisano, Michelangelo, and Donatelo, anyone who has been there would agree that the opulence is breathtaking.