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The first reference to these buildings is in the will of a some Zilio, who left a limosina di soldi cento, i.e. a charity donation to these institutions, in 1253. Later, the punctual visits of the bishops of the diocese of Padua, who controlled the monastery, document its state of preservation and its economic situation. In 1488, Bishop Pietro Barozzi ascertained that no traces of the monastery were left and that the church had fallen into an advanced state of decay. In the second half of 1500 the Church ceased to belong to the Benedictines and it was handed over to the Bianchis, a Venetian noble family, who had it reconstructed. Two brothers from the family, Gerolamo and Cornelio Bianchi, carried out the works. For a significant part of the year they lived in the villa north-west of the borough of Borgo Giara, while two of Cornelio’s daughters were nuns in the Augustinian Monastery of San Gottardo.
In 1571, Ormanetto, Bishop of Padua, on his pastoral visit to Church of Santa Maria Assunta also visited the Oratory of San Benedetto, after it had been rebuilt by the Bianchi brothers who had converted it into their family chapel. Cornelio Bianchi had his tombstone placed here in 1557. It is nowadays preserved in the cloister of the Church of Saint Anthony the Abbot. At the end of the ministry of the last rector, Giuseppe Bonomo, appointed in 1776, the church gradually began to decline. It was deprived of its goods and transformed into a dwelling in the second half of 1800s.

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