The Sacred Mounts are devotional complexes very widespread in the pre-Alpine area, characterized by a series of chapels with scenes from the life of Christ, the Virgin Mary or the Saints, located on the side of a mountain. The devotional chapel, created following the vision of Brother Bartholomew, soon developed into the idea of a Sacro Monte, and underwent its first modifications as early as the 15th century, while in the 17th century the existing structure was considerably extended. Today there are also numerous ex-votos collected over the centuries, which testify to the devotion to the Madonna. The monastery is now home to Capuchin friars, to whom the Canton has entrusted the religious care of Sacro Monte. Thanks to its merger with Italy, the order has acquired younger brothers and fresh impetus, and has gained in appeal. Definitely worth a visit is the Museo Madonna del Sasso, inaugurated in 2016 and housed in the oldest part of the monastery. Also on display are paraments, devotional objects, drawings and pictures by the Ticino artist Antonio Ciseri (1821-1891): a journey through life in the monastery and the history of the monastery with a view to promoting the Sacred Mountains of the Pre-Alps.