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Church of Santa Maria de Idris

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Address: Matera, Italy
Phone Number: 3279803776
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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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One of the best cave churches

One of 150 cave churches this one is very prominent nestled into a jutting out rock/hill. Beautiful frescoes dating back 1000 years or more. Go here with a registered guide to get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
Summer B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

One of 150 cave churches this one is very prominent nestled into a jutting out rock/hill. Beautiful frescoes dating back 1000 years or more. Go here with a registered guide to get the full history of this incredible grotto

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

we were astonished by the serenity of this place. the frescoes are beautiful. very nice wiev from outside

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Thank Nea T
chennI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Small church with lovely frescoes. Though small it was very interesting and one of those churches that stand out amongst others in the Matera.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Interesting church - wonderful frescoes. Worth a visit. Small charge for entrance but worth it. Very atmospheric

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India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This 1000 year old church is very interesting and sits like a crown on Matera. The paintings inside the church are interesting. Preservation work is in progress. This is probably the oldest church here.

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Thank SagarVS
Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

One of the few beautiful ancient churches. Although only small it is definitely worth going in, you really feel all the rich history around you.

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Thank Debs1012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Just totally beautiful. Awestruck by beauty and pathos and number of wall paintings in this simple church in the rocks. The best of all is elsewhere tho which is Lama di Rupestre which is nearer Martina Franca.

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Cream Ridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A truly amazing sight even if you're not religious. The faith and devotion put forth by the people who once painted the frescos with chalk (yes chalk!) can be clearly seen in this rupestrian church and wow! what a sight. No pictures allowed inside but I really recommend to read some of the history behind this church before your travels,... More 

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Thank LauWind
Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

My hotel room overlooked the Church of Santa Maria de Idris and everyday it was a beautiful sight to see, especially with the gorge below. My favorite photo angle was at the top of the rock church.

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Piatra Neamt, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

No comment ..must be seen there..One of the best places ever seen my life.all sassi village is amazing.

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