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Home > Stops Along the Walk > Greccio: The New Bethlehem

Greccio: The New Bethlehem
Greccio Sanctuary"Francis loved the Greccio Sanctuary where the friars were virtuous and poor…"

Legend of Perugia, 34. Fonti Francescane. Editio Minor, Assisi, Movimento Francescano, 1986

Set within the rock like an eagle’s nest, the Greccio hermitage is an extraordinary fusion of architecture and nature. The edges of the building blend into the lush Holm-oak woods that greeted Saint Francis on his solitary retreats. The Sanctuary is famous because Saint Francis of Assisi chose it as the backdrop to one of the highest and most lyrical moments in his life: the first recreation of the Bethlehem Nativity in Christianity on Christmas Eve, 1223.

Greccio and its Franciscan Sanctuary have recently become one of the 754 properties included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Find out more about the Greccio Sanctuary (.pdf, 144 Kb)


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