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Basilica di Santa Chiara: photos, description Basilica di Santa Clara)

Basilica di Santa Chiara Church in Assisi in Umbria, in which the relics of Saint Clare, follower of St. Francis of Assisi and the foundress of the order of poor Clares, also known as the order of Saint Clare.

The construction of the Church began under the direction of Filippo Campello, one of the most prominent architects of his time. In October 1260, the remains of Saint Clare moved from the chapel of San Giorgio to the new Church, where they were buried in the ground under the main altar.

After nearly six centuries of oblivion, these remains and the remains of St. Francis of Assisi, was discovered in 1850 as a result of many careful studies. 23 September of the same year the coffin with the body of Saint Clare was raised from the ground and the exposed flesh and clothing over the centuries turned to dust, but the skeleton is well preserved. Two decades later, in September 1872 - the bones of the Saint were solemnly transferred to a tomb in the crypt of the Basilica of Santa Clara, which was built specifically for this purpose. The process was led by Archbishop Pecci, who later became Pope Leo XIII. And today, the relics of Saint Clare can be seen in the crypt.

Every year in August in Assisi is the religious festival in honour of the Saint. In September celebrates the discovery of her tomb, and in October - the transfer of the relics. By the way, in this same Church, buried Saint Agnes of Assisi.