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Church of Santa Maria de Idris

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Address: Matera, Italy
Description: This church is carved into a huge rock pinnacle jutting from the lip of a...
This church is carved into a huge rock pinnacle jutting from the lip of a gorge.
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A must see

On a dominating site above the Sassi. This church is a must see made up of an small chamber with an altar and,through an inner tunnel you can go into the cave crypt of San... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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149 reviews 149 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

On a dominating site above the Sassi. This church is a must see made up of an small chamber with an altar and,through an inner tunnel you can go into the cave crypt of San Giovanni in Monterrone, This is a lovely place with many good frescoes an ancient atmosphere that we could really enjoy as we were the only... More 

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Tiny place, water dripping through the rocky roof, old faded frescoes on the walls... a few people wandered in and looked around, and wandered out into the grey afternoon, and back down the steps into the winding streets of the Sassi... I imagined candles flickering and voices chanting and echoing in the rocky hollow

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Tortona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This one of the top attractions of the city, perhaps an ancient church dating back almost 1,000 years ago, literally amazing. It is carved into the rock and it dominates the headland and can assure you that the view from here is breathtaking. Unfortunately, if you are going to get inside the church will have to pay the ticket price,... More 

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Gergei, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Beautiful church made of rock, on a cliff overlooking the murge (gorge). You will also want to see the surrounding area, wander as you will, see the rock churches with frescos...spend at least a day in the sassi, or more is a lot better, then go outside with a licensed guide and see the rock churches with frescos out in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is one of two churches carved out of the same pinnacle of rock at Matera. It is amazing to think how it was carved by hand all those years ago. The remnants of some old frescoes remain and you can almost imagine the simple services taking place here in earlier and less certain days. The view on the way... More 

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Sliema, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The chapel is located at the top of a rock pinnacle and provides amazing views of Matera and the surrounding valley. Worth visiting.

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Zurich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Beautiful to look at from the outside and a fascinating example of a rock carved church dating back to the 11th century with some soft preserved frescoes. An added benefit would be the view of the Sassi from the church on your way out.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

It cost £3 to get in. The church itself is only small. But the entrance fee provides you with a short description of what the frescos are. It's a nice walk up to the church. Good point to take photos.

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Mount Desert, Maine
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

A pretty good climb up to this church bt worth it. A church in the side of a mountain, really? Oh, the work involved without heavy equipment...... It's a few euros to see it but worth it. The paintings on the walls are slowly disappearing but was glad we took the time to see it.

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Paderborn, Germany
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Dominating the skyline of both old Matera and looking down from new Matera onto the Sassi, the church is carved into the rock and contains some beautiful examples of frescoes dating back as far as the 11th & 12th Centuries.

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