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  • Address: Piazza del Comune, Assisi, Umbria 06081, Italy
  • Hours: Mon, Wed & Sat 7.15am–7pm; Tue & Fri 2pm–5.15pm; Sun 8.15am–7pm

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Temple of Minerva Tours

The ancient columns of Assisi’s Temple of Minerva dominate the town’s elongated medieval Piazza del Comune; the temple was built by private donation from two wealthy local residents during the reign of Augustus in the first century BC. When Rome converted to Christianity in the fourth century AD, the pagan temple – along with many others throughout the empire – fell out of use and was abandoned. By the sixth century a community of Benedictine monks had requisitioned it, and between 1215 and 1270 the building was HQ to the Comune of Assisi; still later it became a jail. Back in use as a Christian place of worship by the mid 16th century, the temple was rededicated to the Virgin Mary by Pope Paolo III and subsequently restored before being given over to a community of Franciscan friars.

Today the temple’s original Corinthian columns and pediment form the façade of the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva (literally St Mary ‘above’ Minerva), built in 1539 but with its glitzy interior given a thorough Baroque facelift a century later by local architect Giacomo Giorgetti.

Practical Info

Piazza del Comune, Assisi. Open Mon, Wed & Sat 7.15am–7pm; Tue & Fri 2pm–5.15pm; Sun 8.15am–7pm. Admission free. Best reached on foot in Assisi’s pedestrianized centro storico.

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Private Tour: Perugia and Assisi Day Trip from Florence, Florence, null

Private Tour: Perugia and Assisi Day Trip from Florence

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Delve deep into the rolling Tuscan countryside and discover centuries of Italian history on this private day trip to Perugia and Assisi from Florence. Admire ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $189.49
Small Group Tour of Assisi, Assisi, Private Sightseeing Tours

Small Group Tour of Assisi

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Join a 3-hour walking tour of Assisi to see the wonderful Basilica of Saint Francis, Saint Rufino’s Cathedral, and Saint Claire's Basilica as well as the ...  Read more

Location: Assisi, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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