San Feliciano


A beautifully sited little church on the walk down to San Damiano. The dedication is  to Saint Felician, a second to third century Christian preacher who was, apparently, a thorn in the side of the authorities; he was thrown out of Assisi and it is said he planted a crucifix on this spot. An odd story: the crucifix was not used as a Christian symbol until much later. 
  The church contains contemporary frescoes installed here by Mary Lowell Berkley, a wealthy American. They were completed in  1948. The church is generally closed but the fresco of the Madonna and child is just visible (and photographable) through a small window in the door. 


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