Monastery of Corpus Domini
Founded in 1406, this convent of cloistered Clarissa nuns conserves the heirlooms of St. Catherine Vegri, a damsel of noble origins who abandoned the luxuries of the court to devote herself to the religious life. She was a mystic and a writer and lived here until 1456. The convent owes its fame to the fact that several members of the Este family are buried here. In the nuns’ choir lie the remains of Eleonora d’Aragona, Alfonso I, Ercole II, Alfonso II and the famous Lucrezia Borgia who was particularly devoted to this place during her life. The tombs of Eleonora, Alfonso I’s daughter, and Lucrezia, Ercole II’s daughter, who both entered convent life are also to be found here. The interior of the public church was richly decorated in the Baroque era and among other works presents a large fresco on the ceiling, The Glory of St. Catherine Vegri, a particularly fine and graceful work by Giuseppe Ghedini (18th-century).
From Monday to Friday: 15.30-17.30
- Sundays and holidays
Donations are welcome.