Abbey of Real Valle (Badia of S. Pietro)

The conquest of the Kingdom by the House of Anjou was celebrated by the founding of two Cistercian monasteries at the behest of Charles I in 1270 in Abruzzo and Campania. On the territory of Scafati, then in the diocese of Sarno, an abbey was dedicated to S. Maria della Real Valle using workmen brought from France. The monastery was given over to the Cistercians, who were required to reclaim the wooded land on the slopes of Vesuvius through which the Sarno flowed. After the Middle Ages the monastery went into gradual decline and was suppressed in 1806 (it now houses Alcantarine nuns who purchased it in the late 1800s). The complex as we see it today is basically 18th century. From the medieval phase there remains the external wall on the right of the church, with single-lancet windows and beautiful capitals adorned with foliage, fashioned from blocks of grey tuff from the nearby quarries of Sarno and Nocera. In the garden, there are the corbels from the vaults of the cloister; remains of walls, gateways and windows have been incorporated into the fabric. The monastery, currently undergoing restoration, has a long façade decorated in raised plaster and, on the right, the new church with a single nave, built during the 1700s, when the monastery buildings were also restructured.

Period

13th – 18th century

Location

Fraz. San Pietro - Via Lo Porto

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