The Franciscan Sanctuary of La Verna (& Arezzo)

Sept. 28-29, 2002 I visited the Franciscan Sanctuary and Monastery at La Verna, famous as the site where St. Francis spent much time in prayer and meditation, and where he received the stigmata. On the way there I passed through the city of Arezzo.

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Mostly Arezzo is famous for being the place where the film "Life is Beautiful" was filmed. I highly recommend the film. This is Church and Bell Tower of the Pieve di Santa Maria
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Palazzo del Comune, Arezzo
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Remains of an Ancient Roman Amphitheater
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The Sanctuary of La Verna as I approach (climb) on foot.
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Interior of the Basilica
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The Annunciation - inside the Basilica
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The gardens in the cloister where I spent the night.
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The chapel of the angels, which was originally built under the direction of St. Francis - a great place to pray.
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The "Bed" of St. Francis - a rock in a little cave.
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The Chapel of the Stigmata - the spot on the floor marks where Francis was when he received the Stigmata.
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A (modern) painting of Francis receiving the stigmata.
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Not just an incredible view - there is a faint rainbow in the middle of the picture.
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Don't look down! From the precipice the complex is built on.
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With beautiful woods it is obvious why Francis came here frequently.
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Yep - that's a mountain goat I saw while hiking.
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A beautiful scene with a cross near the peak overlooking the valley.

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