Si Trova: nei pressi di Messina
Lat: 38° 12' 46.34345" N - Long: 15° 30' 53.46892" E
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The exact year of foundation of this building called "la Badiazza", a beautiful fortress-church of medieval art, is not known.
It is entirely decorated with battlements.
It's believed that it dates backto the norman era, but someone thinks it was founded in the 13th century.
In this church typical local architectural features are recognizable; the use of interior spaces is the same that can be found, for example, in the Cathedral of Palermo, or in the Cathedral of Monreale; as well as the rectangular section cruises are found in other Sicilian monuments of the Swabian era; furthermore, there is a particular resemblance to the Arab-Norman church of Santo Spirito del Vespro in Palermo.
The annexed monastery, of benedictine nuns, suffered damage during the war of the Vespers and later, and was enlarged by Frederick II of Aragon; the church was also rebuilt.
However, the monastery was abandoned in 1347, following the transfer of the nuns within the walls of Messina.
The church, once rich in marble and mosaics, guarded an icon of the "Vergine della Scala" considered miraculous.
Later it was covered by the alluvial debris of the nearby stream and remained buried for a long time.
The apses were covered with byzantine-style mosaics, whose only fragment, depicting the head of Saint Peter, is kept in the Civic Museum of Messina.
The building also suffered the collapse of the dome, which was hemispherical in Arab style.
Further damage brought the earthquake of 1908 which also caused the loss of the icon of the Madonna.
A recent restoration allows you to admire the monument in its original brilliance.
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The oldest dam in Sicily
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