The beautiful parish church dedicated to S. Maria Archenda and to the co-patrons Stefano and Genesio, with a curvilinear façade in terracotta, was built in 1752 on the foundations of an older building, as evidenced by the bell tower of the fourteenth century in Romanesque style.
The four pinnacles placed on the cusp are a peculiarity that makes it unique in the whole of Asti.
This church, dedicated to God Optimus Maximus, was renovated by superimposing the original Gothic-Romanesque style with the Baroque style both in the facade and in the arches of the windows, in the stuccoes and in the decorations. The date of the renovation is evidenced by a plaque in Latin placed above the entrance portal.
Inside it has a single nave, separated from the presbytery by a marble balustrade, with four side chapels decorated in eighteenth-century stucco and illuminated by baroque windows.
The vaults and internal walls of the church are entirely decorated: of the primitive decoration (1780-1800) today only the fresco in the background of the apse remains, admirable for the correctness of the colours and the perspective construction with which the run of the side walls ends, representing a rich green canopy supported by a colonnade with a large oval-shaped picture in the center depicting the patron saints of the town.
Entering the church from the door on the right, you can admire a beautiful wooden crucifix from the late sixteenth century.
The second chapel on the right houses the oil on canvas painting of the “Holy Virgin with Child and Saint Anthony of Padua”, from the 13th century. XVII: the author, under investigation, is Bartolomeo Caravoglia (1620-1691), an Italian painter believed to be a pupil of Guercino.
In the first chapel on the left we find the altar which houses the oil on canvas painting of the "Madonna della Cintola with Sant’Agostino and Santa Monica", from the 15th century. XVII, valuable work by Guglielmo Caccia known as “Moncalvo” (1568-1625).
One of the jewels of the parish is the majestic “Giuseppe Candini 1906” pipe organ. It has thirty-five rods with three central cusps on a single span, but inside it contains about one thousand five hundred. In 2018, careful restoration work was carried out on the organ, which also made it possible to obtain photographic documentation of the frescoes hidden behind it. At the end of the restorations, Maestro Alessandro Bianchi held the inauguration concert.
Santa Maria Archenda, from the Greek, is the one who brings help, Mary Help of Christians.
San Genesio, mime and court comedian in Rome, for having professed belonging to Christianity, suffered martyrdom under Diocletian. He is considered a saint by both the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches.
Saint Stephen, venerated as a saint by all the Churches that admit the cult of saints, was the protomartyr, that is, one of the first Christians to have given his life to bear witness to his faith in Christ and for the spread of the Gospel. His martyrdom took place by stoning in the presence of Paul of Tarsus, before the latter's conversion.