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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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Suggestive ancient construction.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
Magellano81
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Tortona, Italy
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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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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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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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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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Potenza, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I remember being in this church several years ago on one of our first trips. They have relocated the entrance to the side and there is a helpful attendant who speaks some English. For 3 euro you get into Santa Maria de Idris and San Giovanni in Monterrone, they are connected by small passage. If you have never seen one... More 

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switzerland
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

looks good from the outside! inside the paintings are probably of interest to many, but on the whole there is little inside apart from the paintings themselves. it's actually two old churches in one so goes quite far into the rock

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