Assisi’s Monastero di San Quirico: A WWII Refuge

Ironically, just steps away from Assisi’s Museo della Memoria, 1943-1944 which recounts the story of the salvation of Jewish refugees in Assisi in WWII, you will pass the entrance to one of the convents where many of the Holocaust survivors were hidden, the Monastero di San Quirico. 

In the 15th-century, the convent was built on the site of first-century Roman thermal baths for those Franciscan tertiaries (lay Franciscans) devoted to Blessed Angela da Foligno who had died in 1309. The mid-15th-century fresco over the entrance by Foligno artist Cristoforo di Giacomo depicts Saint Anne near her daughter, the Virgin Mary, nursing the Christ Child; an image called “la Madonna del Latte” (Madonna of Milk). Saint Anne wears red and the


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