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Cripta del Peccato Originale

Contrada Pietrapenta, Matera, Italy
+393205350910
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Ranked #3 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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Malta
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133 reviews 133 reviews
102 attraction reviews
235 helpful votes 235 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
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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129 reviews 129 reviews
101 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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6 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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293 attraction reviews
291 helpful votes 291 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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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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