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Address: Piazza del Duomo, Matera, Italy
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A fine organ

We were fortunate to be at the Cathedral for the annual 2 July Festa Della Bruna so we saw the papier mache float circle the piazza three times then deliver the Saint to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2016
Davidfield01
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Wadhurst, United Kingdom
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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited maybe 3 or 4 dozen Cathedrals, and this has one of the most beautiful interiors. Not too big (as cathedrals go), but the setting in a large piazza is outstanding. And the gold in the interior is spectacular. Little of it is original, but not sure why that matters. It's beautiful.

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

In the center of town off of a quiet square is the Duomo. It was nicely appointed with chapels that had lovely inlaid stone decorations.

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Montana Rose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Probably would not have stopped here had it not been for our guide. It is an incredible cathedral. Recently redone to it's former splendor with many interesting and ornate details. The side chapels are especially interesting. Commands a great view of both sides of the city.

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Wadhurst, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

We were fortunate to be at the Cathedral for the annual 2 July Festa Della Bruna so we saw the papier mache float circle the piazza three times then deliver the Saint to the cathedral. The next day we visited again to see her fully installed. At the time a music student was playing the organ (from an iPad score)... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

At one point, the interior of the cathedral must have been decorated from top to bottom with frescoes. At some stage the cathedral was extensively baroque'd, with all the trimmings. Fragments of the medieval art can be seen peeking through here and there. Interesting to contrast the splendor of the church with the wretchedness of the sassi dwellers downslope. Great... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Work started on the Cathedral in 1230 and it was completed in 1270. The stone work dazzles on a sunny day, but not to be outdone, the interior is just as competitive. The campanile is 52 metres high, and pretty much visible all over the city.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

I really enjoyed this church even though I was unable to enter into the ornate interior. I will absolutely go back to Matera, so I'll make sure it's open next time. The outside is really beautiful. It's Roman Catholic, as you would expect. It was built in the 13th Century. The ground breaking was in 1230. A must-see when in... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Matera is an absolute pearl and the cathedral is an intrinsic part of that pearl. The cathedral is 13th century although most of the decoration is from the 18th century restoration.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

It's beautiful cathedral with a richly decorated nave. On one of the walls there's an original fresco of the Last Judgement painted by Rinaldo da Taranto in the 13th century.

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North Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

The Cathedral opened in March, 2016 after about 13 years of renovation. There is an audio-guide in Italian, but also printed material available in English. The docent said that they are working on an English audio-guide. The visit takes no more than half an hour.

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