Saint Contardo of Este

Saint Contardo of Este was the posthumous son of Aldobrandino of Este, marquis of Ferrara. He was born in 1216 in Ferrara.

Saint Contardo of Este
San Contardo d'Este.jpg
Saint Peter Minor Basilica, Broni
Prince of Ferrara
DiedApril 16, 1249
Broni, Lombardy
Venerated inRoman Catholicism
Canonized1609 by Pope Paul V
Major shrineSaint Peter Minor Basilica, Broni
FeastApril 16
Attributesclothed as a pilgrim heading to Santiago of Compostella, sometimes with a scepter and crown at his feet.
PatronageBroni, House of Este, Order of the Eagle of Este

He renounced to his wealth and position of crown prince of Ferrara to become a simple "God's man" and started on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

In 1235, King Andrew II of Hungary names Contardo: "Milites Sancti Sepulcri" ( Knight of the Holy Sepulchre ), by virtue of the characteristics of the sub-feudation with the Kingdom of Jerusalem ; in feudalism it was common practice for the rulers to confer the title of knight on their best men.

He fell ill in Broni (Province of Pavia, Lombardy, Italy) and died there. His body was first buried on the hill where he died. Miracles were reported on his grave : severely sick people were cured.[1][2][3]

The body was later transferred to the Saint Peter parish church (which later became a Minor basilica) in Broni. Two relics are in "Saint Biagio church (Saint Blaise) in Modena.

His cult was approved in 1609 by Pope Paul V (papacy 1605-1621) on the request of Claudio Rangoni (it), bishop of Piacenza (1596-1619[4]), native of Modena,[5] and indulgences were linked to it by Pope Urban VIII (papacy 1623-1644) [2][6]


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See alsoEdit


  • Painting representing Saint Contardo.
  • Another painting, showing scepter and crown at his feet
  • Youtube video showing the interior of Broni's "Saints Peter & Contardo d'Este" Basilica.
  1. ^ Nominis (French), Saint Contard d'Este.
  2. ^ a b Youtube video and comments in Italian
  3. ^ biography in Italian
  4. ^ Claudio Rangoni
  5. ^ a b Santo Contardo, compatrono di Modena (italian)
  6. ^ Pope Urban VIII's biography