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Cripta del Peccato Originale

Contrada Pietrapenta, Matera, Italy
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Ranked #4 of 36 Attractions in Matera
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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HK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Malta
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133 reviews 133 reviews
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236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This chapel hidden in a cave in the open countryside outside of the city of Matera is a jewel. Still partially visible are the paintings on the walls. There is a slight music in the background whilst the guide explains the details of the paintings and the story behind the formation of this crypt. Also, the entrance to the crypt/chapel... More

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Valletta, Malta
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Incredible very worth a visit and if you are visiting Matera, it is just a few minutes drive from the centre.

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Sliema, Malta
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101 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This was the first place we visited during our stay at Matera. The details of the art painted on the rock walls is amazing and one really wonders how they survived the ravages of time.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

In 2013 I began my visit to Matera with a stop outside the city to visit the "Crypt of the Original Sin". This little chapel carved into stone has been described as the Sistine Chapel of the south. Just a few kilometers from Matera, in one of the ravines that run through the plateau of the Murgia, is one of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I asked our guide Green Italy Tours to include this stop en route to Lecce. Very interesting and such well preserved frescoes in the cave. Well organized presentation as you sit inside...it is done in different languages different times and reservation is required. It was worth the time.

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Lucca, Italy
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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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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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