Wabash Blogs Immersion 2009: Italy - St. Francis of Assisi

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The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi


This morning we woke up and, after a delicious roll and incomparable cappuccino, left Siena and made our way to Saint Francis’s hometown of Assisi. Soon after arriving in Assisi , we met up with Professor Hartnett, who is on sabbatical, and ventured to the Basilica of Saint Francis. Led by Dr. Cook, we learned all about the history of the church and all the art inside, all the while with the Franciscan mass being conducted in one of the chapels. The defining moment of the day however was no doubt being in the presence of Francis himself.   The body of Saint Francis remains entombed in a chapel in the bottom of the basilica which we were able to see today. Being in the presence of the actual body of the man we have been learning about all semester was awe-inspiring to say the least. We’ve all learned more in a few days here than we could in a semester in the classroom, but we have made time for plenty of fun as well. Right now we’re going to dinner with one of Dr. Cook’s esteemed friends, an English art collector. Should be fun! Ciao! 
Will Logan- '11