S. Tommaso
Community ID
 
637
 
Town
 
Buzzano (also calle Buzzano Canavese, Busano, Busian)
 
Region
 
Piedmont
 
Date Founded
 
1019 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1325 or later, the monastery became a preparitura, and the nuns were tranfered to the monastery of S. MariaBelmonte
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Almerico, lord of Barbania, founded the house at the insistance of his daughter Libania, who was a pupil of Guglielmo de Volpiano (962-1031), and who became the house's first abbess.

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

Agnes, widow of Emperor Henry III and mother of Henry IV stayed here.

 
Priveleges & Papal Exemptions
 

Nicholas II on Dec. 30, 1059 (at Florence) conceded the monastery's right to elect its own abbess.

 
Incorporated By
 

S. Maria di Belmonte (see S. Maria Delle Grazie) in 1304.

 
Dependency Of
 

S. Benigno Fruttuaria after 1114.

 
Relative Wealth
 

Fairly wealthy.

 
Assets/Property
 

Had 2 mills.

 
Other Economic Activities
 

Property was administered by a provost.

 
Architecture & Archaeology
 

The church was built from 1003-1008, and resembled the church of S. Benigno, and had three naves and three apses. As the village grew during the 13th and 14th centuries, a well [sic] was built around S. Tommaso with blind arches in pre-romanesque style.

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

A gate with a tower remains of the old fortifications.

 
Published Primary Sources
 

Historiae Patriae Monumenta
__Historia Patriae Monumenta.__ 594-596 (Community of S. Benigno, Archivio)

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

Friola, G. "Cartario di S. Maria di Belmonte e di S. Tommaso di Buzzano (1059-1326)." In __Biblioteca della Societa Storica Subalpina__ XLIII (1908), 61-104.

Architettura religiosa preromanica e romanica nell'archidiocesi di Torino
Olivero, E. __Architettura religiosa preromanica nell'archidiocesi di Torino.__ Torino: 1940. pp. 132-136.

 
Contributors
 
Suzanne Wemple-Kinder; Marie Kelleher
 
Date Started
 
1019
 
Date Finished
 
1325
 
Length
 
1041