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Papal Basilica of San Francisco; Assisi, Italy

The Papal Basilica of San Francisco, honors St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan Order, Friars Minor, and co-founder of the Order of St. Clare, the Poor Sisters.  St. Francis was born in Assisi in the early 1180s and died in nearby Portiuncula on October 3, 1226.  Soon after, in 1228, construction of the basilica was begun.  It consists of an Upper Basilica and a Lower Basilica.  In the upper church there are large, medieval frescoes on the walls; in the lower church there are similar works as well as the crypt holding the remains of St. Francis.  A friary, the Convent of St. Francis, adjoins the basilica.

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