In Borgia, in the locality of Saffantino or S. Fantino, there is an old monastery dating back to the year one thousand.

In the same period, historians researched the vivarium of Cassiodorus in the same area. It is a Basilian monastic settlement of which very little is known.

Saffantino is the dialectal distortion of San Fantino, to whom the monastery is dedicated.

Scholars do not know how to historically date this place by saying whether the owner is San Fantino the Elder of Tauriana, from the 4th century, or the Younger, from the 10th-11th century.

In any case, the site would be worth a visit, but the land on which it is built is private and therefore impossible to access if you do not know the owner.

Entrance to the church of San Fantino

Church of San Fantino in Borgia (CZ)

However, for those unfamiliar with the area it is difficult to reach this historic site also because it is not very well marked.

From the news found on social media, some lovers of historical research assert that before this site became a Monastery it was a site where travelers on the path of the Isthmus between the Gulf of Squillace and the Gulf of Lamezia terme found night refuge and refreshment for their I walk.

It seems that the first to transform this site into a place of prayer were Syriac hermits (Syria and the Middle East).

These in fact built a small prayer chapel with the Sacred Effigy of the Madonna del Carmelo to which they were very devoted.

It cannot be excluded that this, which was later called the Monastery, was not a main seat as a writing desk by Flavio Cassiodoro.

The original name given by the neighboring inhabitants was the convent of the hermits, the small church of the Assanti, so named because of the Effigy of the Madonna del Carmelo that we no longer know where it ended.

The Monastery was destroyed in the 9th century by the invasion of the Saracens who killed all the Friars.

The same end also made other monasteries in the territory of Squillace. I thank Francesco Samà who made this information public.

As Francesco Samà adds, the characteristic of monasteries or convents as they want to be called, is that of having a spring fountain and a basin for the irrigation of the fields. Here it seems that there is a beautiful one that dates back to the third fourth century.

This will be a reason to return to this place to look for it and photograph it.

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