Chiesa Santa Maria della Piazza, Ancona

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Santa Maria della Piazza is a church in Ancona, central Italy.
The church, a fine example of Romanesque architecture in the city, was erected between the 11th and the 12th centuries. Before its construction, the site was home to two small Palaeo-Christian churches, dating to the 6th and 7th centuries. Part of the current church's pavement is in glass to allow visibility to some of the remains of the latter.
The building has a rectangular plan, with a nave and two aisles, and a raised apse. The lower part of the façade has numerous blind arches and, in the middle, a statue of the Virgin Mary. At the top, dating to the reconstruction (together with the brickwork part of the annexed bell tower) after the 1690 earthquake, is a rectangular window. The master of the façade (1210) was one Master Filippo (as testified by an inscription in the lunette), while the arched portal is attributed to one Master Leonardo. Master Filippo was also responsible of the reconstruction of the Romanesque cathedral of San Leopardo and of Santa Tecla at Osimo.
In the subterraneans are remains from several Palaeo-Christian churches, including some mosaics. The oldest ones belonged to an older building, perhaps destroyed during the Gothic Wars (6th century), and above which the newer and less refined ones were later added. Other remains include a pit, some traces of the ancient Greek Ancona's walls and some frescoes.
The church was once home to Lorenzo Lotto's ''Altarpiece of the Halberd, now in Ancona's Municipal Pinacoteca.
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  • I enjoyed a visit almost free of other people. The entrance lead directly to the new part, ie new floor, simple alter, above the old original floor. There were glass panels in the floor to see the...  more »
  • It's a pity don't be able to visit inside ; when you arrive there you cannot visit inside because closed.  more »
  • Nice Fascinating church in Ancona. Very interesting inside. The archaeological and mosaic remains inside is interesting. Visited here during our Cruise.  more »
  • Beautiful facade but close to visitors today
  • The oldest church perfectly preserved in Ancona, take few minutes to visit and enjoy it, easy reachable from harbor or city center.
  • 👍 great but not the most great
  • Beautiful Church fi early Christian origin, hidden in the alleyways of Ancona. In the dungeons you can still admire the remains of the original church.
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  • Very beautiful and full of historical testimonies. Inevitable!
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