Book gives beautifully illustrated history of Italy's Basilica of St. Francis

December 24, 2014 1:11 PM

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"The Basilica Of St. Francis In Assisi" by Gianfranco Malafarina; Thames and Hudson (324 pages, 335 color illustrations, $95)

Assisi's famous Basilica of St. Francis consists of two churches stacked on top of each other. Both are pilgrimage sites for followers of the saint, who died in 1226, and art enthusiasts entranced by the frescoes that tell his story. The Lower Church, a kind of Romanesque basement, was built to hous...

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