Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli ..

… and the tiny tiny church within it’s walls !!

Not far from our hotel, Cenacolo, is the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli which was constructed in the Mannerist style between 1569 and 1679 …

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Once inside, photographs were not permitted .. those below I have taken from the Internet.  (Am I allowed to copy pics from Internet?  It’s from a general site.. not anyone’s in particular)

It is the most amazing sight!  A beautiful little church, the Porziuncola, measuring a mere 5.5 x 3.2 metres!!!!!    It seats only 10 people!    It is the most sacred place for the Franciscans.

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” It was here that the young Francis of Assisi understood his vocation and renounced the world in order to live in poverty among the poor and thus start the Franciscan movement.”

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There is a front door and a side door (only on the one side) for pilgrims to enter and exit ..

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” There is no concrete evidence of it’s early history but legend has it that the little church of Porziuncola (which means ‘a small portion of land’) was erected by hermits (352-366) who brought relics from the grave of the Blessed Virgin.”

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The little church passed into the possession of St Benedict in 516

Lying abandoned in a wood of oak trees, the little church was given, around 1208, to St Francis, who restored it with his own hands.  The interior is very simple, decorated in simple Gothic style with frescoes from 14th and 15th century ..

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More ‘touchy-feely’ .. very discreetly, in case it was frowned upon.   Incredible experience!!

Once outside again, I had to capture a group children playing ..

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These two little guys were so cute ..

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Our following night’s stop was Venice … sooo next post .. on the way to Venice, stopping at Ravenna

…. Trafalgar Tours : Best of Italy : June 2013

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