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The Monasteries and Convents of Umbria

Umbria can legitimately claim to be the undisputed origin of monastic life in the Christian faith. St Benedict was born here in the 5th century and it is his ‘Rule of Benedict’ that documented the structure of work and prayer that become the foundation for all future monasteries and convents all over the world.

The order of Franciscan Friars was founded in Assisi in 1223 and the Order of the Poor Clares was founded in 1224. Clare was a follower of St Francis.


This holy place of Christian pilgrimage, Assisi is only 35kms from Todi. Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone was born in Assisi in 1182. He was the son of a wealthy merchant and become a soldier before he experienced his conversion. The future St Francis of Assisi (who died in 1224) gave up all his worldly goods in his 20’s and began his charitable works. The story of his life is told in the frescoes in the upper church built in his name.

Even without the churches and monasteries it is worth coming to Assisi simply to witness the sunset. As the sun sinks the medieval centre of Assisi, one of the best preserved in the world, is bathed on a warm glow. Founded by the Umbrian’s, Assisi was prominent in the Roma era, but the town achieved its greatest fame during the Middle Ages when the Basilica of San Francesco was founded in the 13th century using the reddish stone of the Monte Subasio.



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