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Church of Santa Maria de Idris

Matera, Italy
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Ranked #9 of 28 attractions in Matera
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This church is carved into a huge rock pinnacle jutting from the lip of a gorge.
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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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30 helpful votes 30 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Potenza, Italy
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48 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 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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67 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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Denver
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11 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Sydney
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

It’s a steep climb up to Chiesa di Santa Maria d’Idris, which is dug into Mount Errone (“the Idris rock”) just above San Pietro Caveoso. A narrow corridor leads through to another church, San Giovanni in Monterrone, which has well preserved frescoes dating back to the 1300s - until a few years ago it was used as a crypt.

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North Carolina
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

The name is Madonna de Irdis. This is one of two churches that are connected, the other being San Giovanni in Monte Errone. This two churches sit high above Sasso Caveoso in a hump of rock. They are beautiful inside with soft light and some beautifully soft frescoes.

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Gilze, The Netherlands
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

go visit this church in the afternoon and enjoy the superb view of matera coming out of the cave again. nothing beats this!

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