O Mosteiro Das Beneditinas Da Purificação: obra de Fernando Mergulhão, monumento emblemático de Moimenta da Beira

História 8:393-408 (2007)

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Geraldo Dias
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Abstract
A ocorrência dos quatrocentos anos da morte de Fernando Mergulhão , abade de S. Clemente de Basto, Dezembargador do Arcebispo D. Fr. Bartolomeu dos Mártires, e fundador do Mosteiro de Moimenta da Beira forneceu ao autor matéria para falar da família Mergulhão e do mosteiro beneditino. Na verdade, Fernando Mergulhão pertencia a uma família de origem espanhola, seguiu a carreira eclesiástica bem como seu irmão, que se fez jesuíta. Das quatro irmãs, apenas uma casara, tendo as outras entrado como beneditinas no mosteiro de Semide, Coimbra. Foi para elas, certamente, e para remédio de sua alma e dos pais, que ele resolveu fundar na sua terra o Mosteiro de Nossa Senhora da Purificação com os bens patrimoniais. O A. faz a história do mosteiro, fundado em 1596, e encerrado por volta de 1812, tendo suas monjas sido integradas no Convento das Chagas, Lamego. The occurrence of the 400 year anniversary of Fernando Mergulhão¿s death , abbot of S. Clemente de Basto, judge of the High Court of Archbishop D. Frei Bartolomeu dos Mártires, and founder of Moimenta da Beira Monastery provided the author with subject matter to dwell on the Mergulhão family and the Benedictine monastery. In truth, Fernando Mergulhão belonged to a family of Spanish origin, followed an ecclesiastical career, as well as his brother, who became a Jesuit. Of his four sisters, only one married, and the others entered the Semide Monastery, in Coimbra, as Benedictine nuns. It was certainly for them, and for remedy of his soul and his parents¿, that he decided to found with his patrimony the Monastery of Our Lady of the Purification in his native land. The author traces the history of the monastery, founded in 1596 and closed around 1812, at which time its nuns were integrated in the Convent of Chagas, Lamego
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