The Abbey of Santa Maria della Matina is one of the main Cistercian monuments in Calabria. Its study, long neglected, reveals
the vitality and multiple nuances of an architectural and artistic culture deeply rooted in the 13th century Val di Crati. The analysis of the building and the investigation of some construction peculiarities still unknown allowed the identification of the construction phases of the monument, leading to the re-evaluation of its chronological location. This, in turn, made it possible to re-establish a connection between the abbey and the broader context of Cistercian foundations, highlighting the particularly close links with Casamari abbey in Lazio and with some significant monuments of the Angevin period.