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The convent of San Damiano: photos, description (San Damiano)

San Damiano Church and monastery located in the surroundings of Assisi. This is the first monastery of the order of poor Clares, which was founded by Saint Clare, follower of St. Francis. Before that, it housed a small Benedictine monastery, the first mention of which belong to 1030.

Probably one of the most significant legends associated with San Damiano, is the one which tells of the meeting of St. Francis of Assisi with Jesus Christ in 1205. Francis prayed in the Church, which at that time was practically in ruins when he saw the figure of the crucified Christ and heard addressed to him the words: "Francis, don't you see that my house is falling apart? Go and revive him!". Holy understood these words literally and their hands began to rebuild San Damiano, although later realized that in his message, Christ spoke of the Church as a whole and not about one particular structure. The cross from which Jesus spoke to Francis, today known as the Cross of San Damiano and stored in the Basilica of Santa Chiara in Assisi.

In the year 1212 in San Damiano settled Saint Clare and her followers - they lived here until 1260, after which he moved into the present convent of the poor Clares. Here, in 1253, Saint Clare and died.

Before the Church of San Damiano, you can see a covered gallery. On the right is the chapel of San Girolamo with frescoes by Tiberio d Alessi, a pupil of Perugino's, made in 1517-1522. The single-nave Church has a vaulted ceiling and the apse, also decorated with frescoes from the early 14th century. The crucifix above the main altar is an exact copy of what is now kept in the Basilica of Santa Clara. Wooden seats in choir stalls date from the early 16th century. On the right a small passage leads through the room with the "Crucifixion" painted by pier Antonio Mezzastrada in the garden of Saint Clara and residential premises of the monastery. In the cloister you can see the frescoes of Eusebio da San Giorgio (1507 year) with the image of the Stigmata of St. Francis" and the "Annunciation" and a refectory decorated with badly-preserved frescoes from Dono Doni.