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Chiesa di San Martino, Asti

#9 of 15 in Historic Sites in Asti
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
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  • The church is located in one of the most beautiful and preserved squares in the city of Asti. It stands on the site of a previous church, already mentioned in an act of April 886. The old church was demolished in 1696 and the construction of the new one began, completed around 1738. On the left is the bell tower, the only remaining building of the ancient church; dates back to the fourteenth century, and was raised by one storey in 1781, has a square plan with stone mullioned windows. The church has a facade, restored several times, with a curved tympanum with volutes above a series of niches. In the center there is the statue of San Martino, the work of Carlo Francesco Rista (1792) from Asti. Two other statues, depicting the apostles Philip and James, are on the sides, coming from the destroyed church of the Certosa di Valmanera. Inside, the fresco in the dome depicting "The Glory of Alessandro Sauli", as well as the "Flight into Egypt" and "Epiphany", works by Gian Carlo Aliberti, are noteworthy; two oil paintings, one depicting Saint Lucia and Saint Apollonia, and the other Saint Joseph, works by Michelangelo Pittatore. On the main altar stands a splendid eighteenth-century wooden crucifix, wrapped in a large loincloth with redundant bow, a work that looks like a Bonzanighese workshop in Asti. The sacristy, enriched with splendid trompe l'oeil and walnut furnishings of the eighteenth century, is the work of Antonio Manzone. Recently, in spaces adjacent to the church, a small but interesting museum of sacred art has been set up, including an eighteenth-century oil on canvas, from the church of the Confraternity of San Michele, located in front of the church of San Martino, depicting San Michele who intercedes with Jesus for the Confraternity and the blessed Dominic and Rainero. It represents an exceptional historical testimony, as it shows the names of all the brothers, including many of the nobles and notables of Asti.

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