So I got a Diet Coke and a taxi (2 things which make me very happy!)and up we went!
The lower church is awe-filled and art-filled, most notably being the Cimabue painting from which the famous St. Francis is excerpted. I was trying to elude the guard which is why the photo is so blurry - bad, bad Linda!
|Cimabue's Virgin with Angels and St. Francis|
Down another staircase, was the actual tomb and a small room of relics of the saint. The tomb itself just looked like a concrete box but His poor little patched robe was so compelling, I couldn't take my eyes off it! Of course, it was encased in glass so the photo is not clear, but you can see the patches- so many that you can hardly tell what the original fabric was..
We strolled the (insanely hilly) streets of Assisi, had lunch and shopped and visited 2 museums; one was a museum of the missionary efforts of the Umbrian Franciscans in the rainforests of Brazil.
|Note the instruments for Mass in the rainforest!|
|St Francis and the Child Jesus - Mary had disintegrated...|
|Our Lady of Mercy|