Le Murate
Community ID
 
4964
 
Town
 
Firenze (Florence)
 
Medieval Location
 
bridge over the Rubaconte River
 
Date Founded
 
1390
 
Date Terminated
 
1808
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

According to Saundra Weddle, Le Murate ("the immured women") was originally founded as a small community for pious lay-women. It later grew to a community of around 200 nuns.

 
Notable Heads
 

Abbess Scolastica Rondineli (1439-1475)

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

Suora Giustina Niccolini wrote a chronicle of the convent in 1597. Caterina Sforze, widow of Giovanni de' Medici was a resident here as was Caterina de' Medici who later married Henry II and became the Queen of France. Many wealthy families continued to use Le Murate as a place to board their female relatives even after enclosure.

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Giovanni Benci, Amerigo Benci (oldest son of Giovanni)

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

After its suppression, Le murate was used as a prison until 1983. As of 2001, Weddle reports that it is currently being used as a police administration office, private residences, and an open air cinema.

 
Manuscript Sources
  
Miscellaneous Information
 

Le Murate was suppressed by Napoleon in 1808. Many of its records were lost/destroyed at this time.

 
Contributors
 
Ericka Swensson