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Cripta del Peccato Originale

Contrada Pietrapenta, Matera, Italy
+393205350910
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Ranked #3 of 28 attractions in Matera
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Lucca, Italy
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Situated a few kilometres from Matera, this crypt was built inside a natural cave overlooking the limestone cliff of the ravine crossing the Murgia plateau. It contains many fascinating rupestrians wall painting dating back to the 9th century. A. D. Those interesting frescoes representing scenes from the Old and New Testament are quite well preserved and recently restored. I strongly... More

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MEXICO08
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Dear Traveller, after having discovered that just 1% of the Matera annual turist visit the Cripta (Chiesa dei 100 Santi) I decided to write this brief and friendly review. It is my second time there within 2 years. The first time I had a special visit organized by some local politicians to show the Cripta to a famous economist from... More

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Rome, Italy
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51 reviews 51 reviews
4 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Do not miss these 8th century frescoes in a cave. The entire valley is dotted with these and one can, in fact, find cave churches throughout this part of Puglia. This was the high point of my trip to Matera, although I would have gladly skipped the guided tour and the corny music. They should just open the wall, let... More

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Bathurst, Australia
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339 reviews 339 reviews
235 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Getting here without my own transport was a challenge, and required a cab ride which ate into my tight budget, but it was well worth the effort. Enthusiastic guide with good command of English. In theory there is supposed to be a minimum number of visitors for a tour to run, but I found on arrival, on a Sunday morning,... More

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Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We were privileged to have Antonio, a young engineer, as our tour guide. Antonio volunteers his time. His passion for the history of the crypt makes the experience even better.

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Very interesting and well preserved frescoes; guided tours at different times in different languages; ours (in English) was good if helpful, if rather loquacious

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new york
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

To think, in the 9th century, monks entered this natural cave, coated the walls with stucco and painted amazing frescos, which to this day are intact! The site is 8 kilometers outside of Matera, but worth all the trouble! Just phone them and they will arrange it. The sight is accessed through a farm and along the cliffs of a... More

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New York City
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This is definitely worth a visit, but you have to reserve in advance. It is a guided tour, especially because the site itself is quite off the beaten track. The guide was an engineer and extremely knowledgable and interested in the historic, artistic and archeological significance of the site.

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Matera, Italy
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

In the middle of country side, you go into this cave without an idea of what is waiting for you... and then you sit... and the history lights up in front of you... very spiritual and enchanting. Audio is available in multi languages... you should include it definitely in your day trip.

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Burton upon Stather
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

This crypt was a revelation it was a very spiritual experience as well as awe inspiring well worth a visit !!!!

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