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The complex which houses the museum is an ancient convent adjoining the church, dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, was founded in 1232. Due to the earthquake on July 30th 1627, it was rebuilt, expanding in the south-west direction towards the old route of the city walls. The structure was further affected by repairs carried out in the first half of the eighteenth century. The complex, with the suppression of the Franciscan order, was designated for many different uses to that of it’s original intent. From 1799 to 1806 a part of the convent was used as barracks for French and Austrian troops.
The Diocesan Museum was established by decree of Bishop Michele Seccia, on 19th July 2000 (protocol no. 144/2000 C). It is currently in full swing and since its establishment is located in the old building of the Seminary, accessed through Vico Freddo 23 in San Severo (FG).