Assisi Cathedral of San Rufino, Assisi

Assisi Cathedral of San Rufino, Assisi (must see)

Assisi Cathedral, dedicated to San Rufino is a major church in Assisi, that has been important in the history of the Franciscan order. In this church Saint Francis of Assisi (1182), Saint Clare (1193) and many of their original disciples were baptised. It was on hearing Francis preaching in this church in 1209 that Clare became deeply touched by his message and realized her calling. Tommaso da Celano related that once Saint Francis was witnessed praying in this church while, at the same time, he was seen jumping on a chariot of fire in the Porziuncola.

This stately church in Umbrian Romanesque style was the third church built on the same site to contain the remains of bishop Rufinus of Assisi, martyred in the 3rd century. The construction was started in 1140 to the designs by Giovanni da Gubbio, as attested by the wall inscription visible inside the apse.

In 1228, while he was in Assisi for the canonization of Saint Francis, Pope Gregory IX consecrated the high altar. Pope Innocent IV inaugurated the finished church in 1253.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia

This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Assisi, Italy within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Assisi Cathedral of San Rufino on Map

Sight Name: Assisi Cathedral of San Rufino
Sight Location: Assisi, Italy
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Assisi Religious Buildings Walking Tour   City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Assisi, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Assisi

Create Your Own Walk in Assisi

Creating your own self-guided walk in Assisi is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Assisi Cultural Walking Tour

Assisi Cultural Walking Tour

Although a small town, Assisi boasts a number of museums and art galleries, and is home to several cultural venues, which will be interesting for everybody. Take the following tour to visit the most prominent cultural venues in Assisi.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Assisi Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Assisi Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Assisi is a great sacred destination, being the birthplace of St. Francis, St. Clare (Chiara d'Offreducci) and Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. This wonderful city houses a number of striking religious buildings, which date back to the 17th century at the time of Augustus. Take the following tour to visit the most outstanding religious buildings in Assisi!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Sitting high on the hills in the Italian region of Umbria, the town of Assisi made history in the 12th century as the birthplace of St. Francis, one of the key saints of the Catholic world. Attesting to this fact is the magnificent Basilica of St. Francis dominating the city center and housing the crypt with the saint’s remains. To see this and other religious and architectural sights of Assisi,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
East Assisi Self-Guided Tour

East Assisi Self-Guided Tour

Located in central Italy, the town of Assisi represents one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. With its Roman ruins, charming Medieval streets, ancient constructions and sacred places, it attracts millions of visitors every year. Such fascinating attractions as the Roman amphitheater, Rocca Minore, Porta Nuova and San Damiano Church are located in the eastern part of the...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Assisi Shopping Spots Walking Tour

Assisi Shopping Spots Walking Tour

Being home to an old fortress, historic buildings, and ancient Roman ruins, Assisi also houses a wide range of wonderful shopping venues. On its winding, Medieval streets and beautiful squares, you will find original, local souvenirs and gifts, as well as fabulous hand painted Italian ceramics, hand woven textiles and excellent tapestry work. Take the following tour to visit the most prominent and...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km