Saturday, 30 January 2016

Assisi . . . the City of Peace

We made the pilgrimage to the village of Assisi.  A short train ride took us to Assisi station where we hopped on the local bus to take us to the foot of the village and then we walked and walked and walked!  The entrance to the village said welcome to the City of Peace.  

The simplicity of this mountainside city and the beauty of the view below was breathtaking.  To call it the City of Peace was not an understatement as we leisurely strolled up and down lanes window shopping, wandering from one church to another, looking on with awe, stopping to pray and meditate.  Tourists were few in number, most who were present today were stopping to offer prayer or sit quietly.  Noisy people were soon shushed by someone nearby. 

Words alone are inadequate to describe participating in the mass at St. Francis Cathedral surrounded by the beauty and majesty.  The sung parts of the service were done acapella and it sounded fabulous as it soared to the rafters and echoed throughout the building.  It was enough to bring tears to the eyes. 

Peace here is about living in simplicity and harmony with all of creation.  This was the goal of Francis as he renounced his worldly life and the comforts that he had known.  The cross that he used is unique to the order The tau is the sign used by St. Francis to wish peace to all he met. It looks like a T. In the Old Testament, it is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  It was much in evidence at many of the local gift shops and was certainly prominent on the lawn of the Cathedral

The gates of Assisi

The Roadways

Side view of the Basilica of Francis 

Side view and entrance of the lower part of the Basilica 

A most unique nativity

Entrance Doors (this is as far as the camera was allowed)

Inner court yard, Cloister Apse

From the upper part of the Basilica we walked out to this courtyard

The Front view

Trying to capture all of this place

Looking directly at the Basilica, note the Tau Cross and Pax

An Alley

Outside one of the stores there was this wooden  piece 
depicting Francis and an arc of birds

Temple of Minerva

Basilica of St. Clare

The view of the village of Assisi

Assisi Village

The Valley below

The Hermitage

Perched on top of the mountain

Looking toward St. Claire

This was very common in the village to 
have a fresco near the house address

The whole experience of Assisi, places of prayer, meditation, solitude and grand structures built on the side of this mountain was special.  Special not because of the grand structures that have been erected but because of the activity and sincerity of these saints who devoted their lives to the care of creation and the love of all creatures.

Preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary . . . use words. 
-- St. Francis of Assisi


  1. wow this all looks amazing!!! so hard to believe such a peaceful looking place exists

  2. Karen, I feel privileged to have spent an evening with you and yours during this special season. Now I know why L C calls you her friend. Enjoy your many blessings as I enjoy reading your adventures.