It is the first and main Cistercian church in the Sardinian territory, evidence of the age of the Judicates, made up of wars, alliances, religious ferment and monasteries around which medieval village life revolved. Above all, it is the only remaining part of an abbey that reached its maximum splendour and then decline and ruin over just a few centuries. The church of Santa Maria di Corte is also known as Santa Maria di Cabu Abbas, from the name of the locality, a valley in the territory of Sindia - three kilometres east of the village - rich in springs and water sources. The sanctuary has lived two lives: the first began with the foundation commissioned by the judge of Torres, Gonario II, following an encounter with Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. The term 'corte' (court) contained in the name is, in fact, the result of the sovereign’s direct desire to build the abbey. Gonario asked and obtained, from the abbot, the arrival of monks and workers to build the complex and, in exchange, he granted large portions of land between Planargia and Marghine.