|Buildings are built right over streets, Ascoli|
It kind of cracks me up how the buildings are built right over the streets. You have to remember that this area, like most of Europe has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Most towns have Roman foundations and each generation has built on top of the last. In one street you are likely to see buildings or parts of buildings put up or remodeled in nearly every century. Everywhere you can see traces of Gothic archetecture, some still there, some bricked up.
|Gothic window, Ascoli|
Modern Italian building consists of pre-cast concrete wall slabs with a little brick work on the corners and around doors and windows. I much prefer the older methods of building with stone.
|Carlos Crivelli Alter Piece|
While waiting for the Gabrielli exhibit to open we took a walk. In the church of San Emideo is an original Carlos Crivelli alter piece. Fully gilded, egg tempera over gessoed wood panels, it is a beautiful piece.
|altar piece closeup|
|13th c. chapel under San Emidio|
|The crypt under San Emidio|
|Part of the crypt|
|Column capital 13th c or earlier|
The early chapel was actually built over the remains of a Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter.