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Address: Contrada Pietrapenta, Matera, Italy
Phone Number: +393205350910
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Description: Through a quiet path, among vineyards and wheat fields, you reach the...
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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Piece of art that will leave you speechless

One of our goals when visiting Matera was to see this extraordinary piece of medieval art, painted on the walls of a cave in the middle of the countryside. This visit was a very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Very informative and creative visual presentation in rooms donated by old sassi residents. Well worth the donation

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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

One of our goals when visiting Matera was to see this extraordinary piece of medieval art, painted on the walls of a cave in the middle of the countryside. This visit was a very special experience to us, as the frescoes were presented in a well thought-out and elaborated manner. The guide was very eloquent, passionate, with a profound knowledge... More 

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Seattle, Wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Great history lesson here. The frescoes have been well-restored. Our guide was top notch and the video was informative. Best part - learnt that the infamous apple was really not an apple! Well worth the trip - it's about 10 mins outside the city - set in a park (past a winery). Beautiful setting, plus you'll see cave dwellings up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Although a visit to the Crypt of the Original Sin starts out meeting the guide at gas station on the state road, everything else about the visit is extraordinary. After following the guide in your car to the cave site, there is a short walk down some stairs on uneven ground. The guide handed us a translation of what we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Booked an English tour some weeks before. Email from them that they had booked a large Italian group so the tour would now be in Italian so could we choose another time - English language options given. We re-booked but the tour was with an all Italian speaking group and was all in Italian. They gave us a written guide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is an incredibly beautiful and enigmatic place. We visited February 2015 with our guide, Luigi from guida-Matera.it. He was wonderful. I've just written a kindle book entitled 'Matera'.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Amazing history class in Matera from an excellent tour guide (Antonio). No signs or signals to the chapel, but visitors can meet the guide at a gas station about five minutes from the site, or you can just explore the area and ask for directions. MAKE SURE TO CALL AND BOOK BEFORE GOING THERE. The Chapel is very small, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

You have to book the visit beforehand as the guide is met in a petrol station close to Matera and there is a limited number of people allowed but all this hassle is more than worthy when you get inside the cave. The guide speaks only Italian and he is just brilliant. For those who can't speak this language they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I was there with my friends in april...I saw a part of Bible story on the walls...very interesting place and very good explanations

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Just to share our recent experience so fellow travellers can form a more realistic expectation on the crypt.  The crypt has no formal address and the only way to drive there is to meet its rep at a gas station 8km away from Matera you follow him to drive there, through the country road.  The road leading to the crypt... More 

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Address: Contrada Pietrapenta, Matera, Italy
Phone Number: +393205350910
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Basilicata  >  Province of Matera  >  Matera

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