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Church of Santa Maria de Idris

Matera, Italy
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Ranked #14 of 36 Attractions in Matera
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This church is carved into a huge rock pinnacle jutting from the lip of a gorge.
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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
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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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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Denver
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We enjoyed climbing to the church, which has a very good view of the Sassi and the ravine. However, the person at the front desk was was sour and didn't bother to tell us that Chiesa San Giovanni in Monterrone is connected, so we didn't see it. The frescos and the way the church was built into a cave is... More

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philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We were off season ,so we had a private tour ,it as all of the chiese are very ornate and beautiful works of art

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