It was a grey day today so we thought we would go and visit a couple of churches which we had read were particularly interesting. We were not disappointed.
The approach to Santa Maria a piè di Chienti is not propitious. Close to the Chienti river and the large town of Civitanova, and hence to the coast, the area around the church has been relentlessly developed and it is not until you are within a few hundred metres of the church that the development stops and you are able to see the church.
There has been a church on this site since the C9 and the present church dates to 1125. It is built entirely of brick with very pretty Romanesque arches and with the unusual feature of the east end of the church being split into two levels, with presbyteries on both levels. The windows are made of thin sheets of alabaster which give a rather golden glow to the interior. It is a very ancient and beautiful building.