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La Verna (Santuario Francescano)

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elizabeth h wrote a review Sep 2018
4 contributions2 helpful votes
This was my second visit -- stayed in pilgrim's dormitory one night and in reserved room second night. La Verna is St. Francis of Assisi's 1st monastery, built on huge cliff in the middle of the Casintinese Forest. Location is breath taking as is the construction itself and the large number of very large Della Robbia altar pieces.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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runza wrote a review Aug 2018
163 contributions23 helpful votes
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This place brings you closer to your inner spirituality, to one's best part; too often forgotten. Too often ignored. To visit is a must; regardless if one's belief
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Lina R wrote a review Aug 2018
Aarhus, Denmark31 contributions3 helpful votes
Interesting history. It is a very nice location. Beautiful view from the courtyard. Very much worth the visit
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Date of experience: July 2018
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KL1234_12 wrote a review Jun 2018
Taipei, Taiwan107 contributions37 helpful votes
We stayed in the sanctuary on top of Casentino mountain for one night, only to find that it was not enough. It provided comfortable lodging and good food for visitors and pilgrims alike. This is the place where St. Francis was said to have received his stigmata in 1224. There are many small chapels and a Corridor of the Stigmata to commemorate this and other miracles and saints. These chapels contain numerous treasures of art, notably the many beautifully glazed terracotta by "the Old and the Young" della Robbias, along with other paintings and frescos. Behind the buildings was a well-preserved spruce-beech forest, in which it was said that there were many animal species. We did not walk long enough to view them but heard numerous birds singing. Everyday in the afternoon there is a parade commemorating Stigmata led by the Franciscan priest and followed by all the visitors and pilgrims. On the day we were there the parade was led by the abbot of the monastery, who speaks good Chinese with us with very good sense of humor, holding a large wooden cross in front of this solemn procession. There were so much to see that we decided that we should come back for another visit.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Patricia G wrote a review Apr 2018
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom161 contributions79 helpful votes
We visited the Sanctuary by car. It is very high in the mountains and quite spectacular to visit. After a little walk we reached a place of such peace. I understand why Saint Francis chose this area. The church had many masses during the day. This Sanctuary has many beautiful sculptures by Andrea Della Robbia. They are exceptional. The different chapels are ver interesting. One chapel must be inline for the world’s smallest chapel. I was amazed by the bed of St Francis. He certainly didn’t go for comfort. Not many realise the great importance of this Sanctuary as this is where Saint Francis received the stigmata. A very moving experience to visit here.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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