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Cripta del Peccato Originale

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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

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Pleasanton, California
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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

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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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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