Italy Unveils Restoration of St. Clare´s Basilica in Assisi
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ASSISI, Italy, AUG. 27, 2001 (Zenit.org).-
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.