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Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera

Matera, Italy
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Ranked #6 of 33 Attractions in Matera
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: According to the World Heritage site, "Matera's Sassi are the best surviving and most complete examples of rock-cut settlement in the Mediterranean region. They have been developed in close harmony with the natural environments."

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Tortona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The famous rock-hewn churches of Matera are one of the many attractions that you can visit in the area of the "Sassi". Obviously and unfortunately you have to buy a ticket to visit them every time you want to visit one, or directly at the tourism office could buy the pass that will allow you to visit them all, saving... More

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

the only chance to see how the original cave inhabitants/families lived. Life was tough in those days.....

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Don't try to see them all. Choose one or two, and that will be fine. It is not necessary to buy the ticket for all of them.

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plymouth
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Monestry has interesting layout with lovely original frescoes dating from 11th and 17th century. It was inhabited until 1960

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Four small churches abutting each other and all carved out of the rock towering over the gorge. Much of the work was undertaken by Christian refugees from the Cappadocia region of Turkey and the remaining parts of the frescoes painted on the walls are testimony to their Byzantine heritage.

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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Park of the Rupestrian Churches is a top attraction for hikers and good walkers, but it really pays to go prepared and take the walk in this area seriously. One could spend several days hiking the area so it really pays to consult a guide or one of the official city tour offices before you set out to understand... More

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A wonderful place to visit for amazing views of Matera. A hike or a short drive from Matera Sassi but certainly something to put on the 'to do' list during any visit.

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Buckinghamshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The National Park is a rocky landscape rising steeply above the river Gravina and is dotted with caves. In the two Sassi areas cave churches, often with frescoed interiors, are a stark reminder of the shelter they provided to monks escaping persecution centuries ago and of the religious devotion of the cave dwellers.

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Naples, Campania, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We went to see these while walking through the Sassi and loved them. A different type of church than ones from the bigger cities.

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Matera is a beautiful and special destination and successfully avoids becoming a 'film set' of great buildings spoilt by tat shops which we saw in other areas. Endless backstreets (and steps) to explore and numerous little restaurants to enjoy or cool down with a local beer. My biggest disappointment was the amount of litter everywhere, even broken glass, especially on... More

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