The church, initially dedicated to Santa Maria di Val Verde, is firmly intertwined with the fate of the Confraternity of Mercy which in the area built a series of infrastructures dedicated to the confreres, from the school to the hospital, from the hotel to the green areas. Before the Confraternity, the abbey church was managed first by hermits and then by friars, probably Augustinians.

The first construction, dating back to the 10th century, was possible thanks to the contribution of Cesare de Giuli and that of the Moro family and involved an insular grassy land called Val Verde. The church, in the thirteenth century, was completely restored and the structure completely changed to assume the typically Gothic one with a single nave plan, a gabled facade and a large rose window in the center.

The facade was rebuilt by the will of Gaspare Moro, senator and man of culture, whose family had the church in juspatronato as early as the fourteenth century. The Bolognese Clemente Moli was entrusted with the construction in 1659.

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