S. Spirito
Community ID
 
731
 
Town
 
Vercelli
 
Diocese
 
Vercelli
 
Region
 
Piedmont
 
Medieval Location
 
Originally outside the town, but transferred to within the city 1530-40.
 
Corporate Status
 
Hospital
 
Date Founded
 
1214 or earlier
 
Date Terminated
 
1802 -- the monastery buildings were transferred to the oblates of S. Carlo in 1828
 
Religious Order
 
Augustinian until 1249, then Cistercian
 
Priveleges & Papal Exemptions
 

Honorius III: Sept 24 & nov. 16, 1221

 
Dependency Of
 

As of 1249, the house was under the supervision of the abbot of S. Maria di Lucedio.

 
Relative Wealth
 

Rich

 
Assets/Property
 

On Feb. 21, 1296, the nuns of S. Spirito acquired the goods that had formerly belonged to S. Giovanni delle Varda

 
Charitable/Work
 

After leaving the hospital, the nuns took up teaching young children in a convent school

 
Early Documents
 

[1] January 24 & Nov. 25, 1220: Frederick II takes the monastery under his protection.

[2] April 26, 1439: Eugene IV confirms the monastery in the Cistercian rule

 
Architecture & Archaeology
 

In 1769, Luigi Barberis reconstructed the monastery and the church. the work was continued by G. Matto Zucchi from 1784-85.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

[1] Vercelli, Archivio di Stato, monache Cistercense di S. Spirito

[2] Vercelli, Archivio dell'ospedale generale prov. S. Andrea

[3] Torino, Archivio di Stato, Monache di S. Spirito

 
Published Primary Sources
 

Vercelli, Archivio di Stato. __Storia e architettura di antichi convente, monasteri e abbazie della citta di Vercelli.__ Vercelli: 1976. pp. 125-136.

 
Contributors
 
Suzanne Wemple-Kinder
 
Date Started
 
1214
 
Date Finished
 
1802
 
Length
 
1116