The Basilica of San Pietro Martire is a Gothic church in Ascoli Piceno. It is located on the edge of the historic center of the city.
San Pietro Martire Basilica Ascoli Piceno
The Basilica di San Pietro Martire is located at the intersection of the Via Solestà, Via Soderini and Via delle Torri.
History and description
The San Pietro Martire Church was built by the Franciscan friars. It was built on the site of a small church dedicated to San Domenico.
Construction started in 1280, but was only finished at the beginning of the 15th century.
The current appearance is the result of a reconstruction in the 16th century.
The facade is characterized by four pillars ending in two half pediments. The main entrance dates from the 2nd half of the 17th century and was designed by Giuseppe Giosafatti. The side entrance is by Cola dell’Amatrice (1523).
The church has three naves.
What to see
The text at the door is the Gabella Pontificia which indicates how much toll had to be paid when importing products.
The main altar was made by Giuseppe and Lazzaro Giosafatti. The statues flanking it depict “Virginity” and “Humility”. The “Madonna del Rosario” is by the hand of Luigi Devò.
The frescoes on the side walls were painted in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Behind a wrought-iron gate is the Reliquiario della Sacra Spina. This 15th century “Reliquary of the Holy Thorn” is made of gilded silver. The artist was Nicola da Campli.