S. Maria di Certosa
Community ID
 
627
 
Alternate Names
 
Certosa di Belmonte; S. Maria di Belmonte
 
Town
 
Belmonte (near Busca)
 
Diocese
 
Alba
 
Region
 
Piedmont
 
Corporate Status
 
Convent
 
Date Founded
 
1274 (November 2)
 
Date Terminated
 
1537 or earlier: inhabited by monks until 1614.
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Notable Heads
 

Matilda, prioress, 1277.

 
Population Counts
 

1277: 12 nuns

 
Priveleges & Papal Exemptions
 

Augenius IV, Nicholas V, Celestinus III.

 
Incorporated Communities
 

Bulls of 1441 and 1445 (Eugenius IV) united S. Maria Maddelena d'Alba to Certosa. On March 11, 1556, Pius V's bull united S. Maria delle Gratie with Certosa. [Note: these seem to be the same monasteries that were united with #S. Maria di Belmonte, S. Maria di Belmonte. The foundation dates for Belmonte and Certosa are given as different, but otherwise the records do not contradict each other. It is therefore possible that the two houses are one and the same. --mk)

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Sinibaldo Fieschi of Bagnaria gave the church S. Maria di Mombraccio, along with its posessions, to Donna Giacoma, prioress of the new monastery.

 
Early Documents
 

[1] April 17, 1277: 11 nuns elected Matilda as prioress and acknowledge that they received 300 lire astesi from the monastery of Staffarda

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Torino, Archivio di Stato, Sala 14, Matrie ecclesiastiche, monache, Belmonte, Benedettine del monesterio di S. Maria, 1 da inv. (1326-1590).

 
Secondary Sources
 

Notizie e documenti d'alcune certose del Piemonte, pp. 74-92, 140-141 and 260-261. docs. 106-107.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

There was a small male monastery located nearby.

 
Contributors
 
Suzanne Wemple-Kinder; Marie Kelleher
 
Date Started
 
1274
 
Date Finished
 
1537
 
Length
 
1193