Italy Unveils Restoration of St. Clare´s Basilica in Assisi

ASSISI, Italy, AUG. 27, 2001 (

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Italian authorities have unveiled the restored 14th-century frescoes of St. Clare´s Basilica in Assisi, four years after they were severely damaged by an earthquake.

Brilliant light bathed the basilica during a Mass on Aug. 11 to celebrate the restoration of the Giotto School frescoes which adorn the pink and white marble building.

St. Clare´s Basilica was reopened to the public in 1998, months after the 13th-century building´s facade had been damaged by two earthquakes on Sept. 26, 1997.

Most of Assisi´s churches suffered serious damages. Four of the 10 people who died in one of the earthquakes were in St. Francis´ Basilica when the vaulted ceiling caved in.

St. Clare´s Basilica was built between 1257 and 1265. The saint, a disciple of St. Francis, was born in Assisi in 1194 and died in 1253.

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