Santuario di Santa Maria dell’Isola

Tropea, Italy

Surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Santuario di Santa Maria dell’Isola is in the town of Tropea in the Province of Vibo Valentia. While its history is uncertain, the area is known to have come under the auspices of Basilian monks of the Eastern rite some time during the early Middle Ages. In the 11th century, the island’s religious reigns were passed to the Benedictines under guidance of the Normans. Tropea and the surrounding communities were gradually Latinized, and interestingly, the Abbey of Montecassino has held dominion over the island sanctuary for over 1,000 years.

Little of the original structure remains due to the devastating earthquakes of 1783 and 1905. Today, Santa Maria dell’Isola has become one of Calabria’s most internationally recognized symbols.



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Via Lungomare 32, Tropea, Italy
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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy


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LittleBigEyesJo (4 months ago)
If you're in Tropea you should visit this little church. Also,there is beautiful garden with beautiful panorama view. - ( entry in church is free,but if you want visit a garden it cost 3€).
Jay Oshiro (4 months ago)
Sunset pictures posted. The island of Stromboli is in view at a safe distance.
Chiquita De Nuccio (4 months ago)
A beautiful church on the hill with spectacular view of Tropea's coast.
Enzo M. (12 months ago)
Suggestive place of worship just off the coast of Tropea with fantastic views from the city
Emilien Mathia (21 months ago)
Really beautiful view, be careful the site is not accessible, there is a grid blocking the entrance. Anyway you can easily stroll around the mountain to complete your Instagram pictures !
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