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Chiesa Rupestre San Michele Delle Grotte

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Private guide Gravina in Puglia, hidden treasures underneath a jewel-town
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Private guide Gravina in Puglia, hidden treasures underneath a jewel-town

The Puglian town of Gravina is known for its rock-cut churches, cave dwellings, and ancient underground tunnels. On this tour, benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide as you explore Gravina’s underground treasures. Visit an underground quarry, admire ancient rock churches, and see the 18th-century viaduct bridge overlooking Sant’Angelo aqueduct.
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aa27 wrote a review Jun 2019
Lausanne, Switzerland546 contributions185 helpful votes
It's quite a big church digged in the rock, with columns separating three altars, pity the frescos are quite in a bad state, barely visible. Beyond a gate, the sad remains of the numerous people murdered by the saraceni. A celebration is held there to remember them, once a year. The guide was very helpful and told us lots of interesting details on the place and history. You have to buy the tickets (just 3 euros) at the tourism office, and possibly wait a little bit for the guide in front of the church, if he's already guiding a previous group. The visit takes about 20 minutes.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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KennewickTravelers wrote a review Nov 2018
Kennewick, Washington12 contributions5 helpful votes
We stopped at the Information desk and were greeted with smiles as American tourists are pretty rare in Gravina as most tourists visit Matera without knowing about Gravina's sites. As dusk was falling, a volunteer guide escorted us to the extensive stone caves used as monk quarters, voluminous church and tomb. History and legends were shared by the guide who did not rush us through. A great experience for a 6 Euro price. A tip was included for the unpaid guide. Other rock (rupestre) churches and a Greek necropolis are here to explore as well.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Giuseppe S wrote a review Aug 2018
Milan, Italy533 contributions47 helpful votes
In Gravina in Puglia amazing place . You can see the signs of “ Saraceni “ invasion about 1000 years ago . Very impressive and ancient area full of history and very interesting . I suggest the visit 👌
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Lorraine-Apr2016 wrote a review Jul 2017
Coffs Harbour, Australia12 contributions5 helpful votes
We were staying in Gravina in May this year and were encouraged to do a tour of this cave church by the lovely girls in the Tourist Office as it is considered to be the most important church in Gravina. We brought our tickets from the Tourist Office and were directed to go to a doorway next to the church with the skeletons in Piazza Notar Domenico where we were taken by our guide Vincenzo who had been volunteering for 10 years and had a reasonable grasp of English.We entered the locked church and he explained the significance of the various relics and frescoes and then took us to view the skulls and bones of what were presumed to be martyrs murdered approx 1000 yrs ago ( we have been unable to find any further information on this via the internet since returning to Australia) . I found it to be a very confronting and moving experience but was taken aback as I had not expected it. A very worthwhile tour and the views of the ravine and caves were stunning. Our guide was terrific but one comment I would like to make it that the church and surrounds needs to be kept a little cleaner as a mark of respect to the terrible events that have occurred throughout history. I would really like to read and learn more about this aspect as it was not clear where the murders took place and by whom. I might also add that I could not bring myself to photograph the resting place of the martyrs as a sign of respect.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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