Santa Maria della Valle Church

Messina, Italy

The church of Santa Maria della Valle, also called Santa Maria della Scala, is known under the name of Badiazza, and was probably built during the 11th century in the Badiazza dried up riverbed of a stream that gives its name to the church. The church, that lies at the feet of the San Rizzo mountains, was recently restored and given back to the citizens and tourists who love to discover historic beauties not too far from the city centre.

The history of the monastic community is unconfirmed. It was founded by Normans at the end of the 11th century or by the Cistercian community founded in the 13th century. The monastery and the original church were enlarged and incorporated together, and the religious site was elevated to the rank of Abbey.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Otiv (3 months ago)
Interesting place, easily accessible by car (not sports). At the moment there are works in progress which I suppose will make it possible to use it, the construction site sign indicates the end of the works for the (already past) December 31st, bulldozers and construction equipment demonstrate that the construction site is still in progress. Fingers crossed
place of the heart FAI abandoned
Oscar Cancilla (4 months ago)
Fantastic place, it's a shame that the abbey is abandoned by the company that is carrying out the work which is completely abandoned and which was supposed to end in December 2023!! As usual Sicilian style!!
Vale Urso (14 months ago)
Beautiful Romanesque church, unfortunately in a state of abandonment and without any indication to reach it and any historical and/or artistic reference on the place. Too bad, another historic place in Messina forgotten by everything and everyone....
Giulia Scotto (2 years ago)
A very quiet place where you can be in peace.... I shot some movie scenes there ?
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