Two of the Croatian girls arriving at La Verna. Their washing got wet last night.
Our pelegrino family.
La Verna is a place where St Francis stayed several times, on the last occasion receiving the stigmata (marks as if he had been nailed to a cross). It was a place especially dear to him, and it is easy to see why. It is very beautiful, and generally the buildings that have since been built fit in with his wish for things to be simple, though I suspect that were he to see it he would throw his hands up in horror - what we see as simple is probably very different to his perception of simplicity!
Behind these windowed cloisters were a set of frescoes telling the life of St Frances.
Just some of the rock around this sight, with the cloisters above.
The view from the piazza outside the Basilica.
Going out this door we were able to look over the wall and see the rock that the Sanctuary is built on (below). Definitely a case of " the wise man built his house upon the rock"!
More rock, above and below.
We stayed and attended a service in the Basilica, which included a procession through the monastery. I am not sure, but I think that many of the words sung and chanted were probably St Francis' own words. Indeed, a very special place.