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Cripta del Peccato Originale

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Address: Contrada Pietrapenta, Matera, Italy
Phone Number: +393205350910
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Through a quiet path, among vineyards and wheat fields, you reach the Crypt...

Through a quiet path, among vineyards and wheat fields, you reach the Crypt of Original Sin. This exceptional cave church represents one of the oldest examples of the rupestrian art of Southern Italy. Its extraordinary cycle of frescoes, made five hundred years before Giotto, illustrates scenes from the Old and New Testament. For its theological value and artistic pictorial compendium, the cave-church has been called the 'Sistine Chapel' of the rupestrian wall painting.

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Frescos from the early 9th century, amazingly well preserved. The location is about 10 km from Matera, and the process of getting there is part of the fun. I thought the guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
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Midland, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

We contacted and scheduled a tour September 22 for our tour set for November 24. We received a confirmation email from Lucia at Coop Artezeta with instructions on where to meet, etc. My husband and I scheduled an entire day of our vacation and drove hours out of the way for the tour. We waited at the meeting point and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Frescos from the early 9th century, amazingly well preserved. The location is about 10 km from Matera, and the process of getting there is part of the fun. I thought the guide was fantastic, doing an incredible job (in English) of interpreting the meaning of the paintings and describing their history. You need to schedule your visit to this site,... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The cave is situated in the middle of a vast dry landscape of farmland. We were staying in Matera and took a taxi as we had no idea how to get there in time for our booked slot. We arrived at a dry ravine and took a short walk down some steps to a cave which was used for many... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

An invaluable hour or so to witness history uncovered with a perfect guide/presenter. No photographs allowed the only disappointment.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

As with all of Matera, please understand there is walking on uneven ground and in this tour you are asked to sit down on steps once you enter the crypt /cave so that all those in the tour can see the wall paintings. You will need a car to meet the other tour members and the guide at a spot... More 

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

I loved this remote cave church with its stunning frescos. One wall shows the story of Adam and Eve with a surprising young creator God, no beard or smart clothes! On the second wall are frescos of the apostles, and all around is decorated with painted flowers. I just loved this place, and found inspiration for my work, so went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Worth making the effort to get to this wonderful rupestri church in the middle of nowhere. The wall paintings are as vibrant as they were went painted dome 1300 years ago.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

If in Italy it is well worth the trip to see what was found in a cave back in the 1960's oldest known Fresco in Italy! By the way you will now understand what the true forbidden fruit was! You must make a reservation as only the guild can get you down this dirt road and into the cave. Meeting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

If you're staying in Matera get your hotel to make a booking for you to see the 'cript of original sin' - it's outside the town ( you'll meet your tour guide at a local petrol station ) - the guide is excellent & the hour long presentation plus q&a lasts an hour. These monks were painting these frescoes in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

If you go to Matera then you must visit the Cript of the Original Sin. Be sure to make a reservation as there is only one tour company and I can appreciate because once you experience it and the knowledge of the guides it is well worth it. The tour is only in Italian yet the guide was wonderful and... More 

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