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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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crypt of the original sin, Matera

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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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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Spain
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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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HK
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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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Malta
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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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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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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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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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