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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Assisi: audio files part 1

To 1st year  students of class I D.
Here are the audio files of the descriptions you have to read when we go to Assisi.
Listen to them and exercise your pronunciation.


Around 1000 BC some immigrants settled near Assisi and were called Umbrians. From 450 BC these settlements were gradually taken over by the Etruscans. The Romans took control of central Italy in 295 BC. In Assisi there are still some Roman ruins such as the Temple of Minerva that now is a church.
In 238 AD Assisi was converted to Christianity by bishop Rufino and his remains rest in the Cathedral Church of San Rufino in Assisi.
After the Romans, the Ostrogoths, the Lombards and the Frankish ruled. Assisi became an independent council in the 11th century.
There were a lot of wars between Assisi and Perugia at that time, and in one of these battles Francesco (St. Francis) was imprisoned by the soldiers of Perugia.
Later the city was under the rule of the Pope.  

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The Basilica of Saint Clare is a church dedicated to Saint Clare of Assisi and it contains her remains. She founded the Order of the Poor Ladies or Order of Saint Clare and died in 1253.
The construction of the church dates back to 1257. Clare's tomb was found in 1850.
The feast of St. Clare is celebrated throughout the Church on 11th August.  

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