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The first reports of a fortress in Genazzano date back to the 11th century, while in 1257 the castle was owned by Pietro Colonna, whose family was to dominate the area until very recently. Over the centuries the castle has undergone various transformations: in the 15th century in particular, the new royal palace was built, an architectural prototype of note in the humanities, although its actual appearance is the same as it had in the 17th century. Today, the structure is home to an international centre for contemporary art and hosts numerous events, continuing the tradition that began in the
The Museum is located on the first floor of the Convent of the hermitic Augustinian Fathers of Genazzano who have always governed and taken care of the Sanctuary. The monastery was rebuilt many times until it assumed its present structure between 1774 and 1777 under the architect Fagioli. The exhibition spaces occupy two parallel corridors joined in an H by a gallery, a small room, the old 18th century refectory and an upper floor. The Museum displays relics, votive offerings, holy images (oil paintings and statues), chasubles and other vestments which made up the rich artistic and manufacturi