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Assisi, the Basilica of St Francis and other Franciscan sites are recognised as a World Heritage Site of Italy. The city of Assisi was where St Francis was born, and it is closely associated with the work of the Franciscan Order.

St Francis was born here as Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone in AD 1181/82. He was the founder of the Franciscan Order, the Order of St Clare for women, and the Third Order of St. Francis. He is one of the most venerated religious figures in Roman Catholic history.


Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi
Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi
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The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi, or the Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor, popularly known as the Franciscan Order. As the burial place of St Francis of Assisi, it is one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites in Italy. The basilica was started in 1228. It was built into the side of a hill and comprises two churches: the Upper Church and the Lower Church.

Assisi, the Basilica of St Francis and other Franciscan sites were inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 24th session of the World Heritage Committee in Cairns, Australia, on 27 November - 2 December, 2000.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 43 3 58.2 E 12 37 20.8
Inscription Year: 2000
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III, IV, VI
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