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Cripta del Peccato Originale

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Address: Contrada Pietrapenta, 75100, Matera, Italy
Phone Number: +39 3203345323
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Through a quiet path, among vineyards and wheat fields, you reach the Crypt...

Through a quiet path, among vineyards and wheat fields, you reach the Crypt of Original Sin. This exceptional cave church represents one of the oldest examples of the rupestrian art of Southern Italy. Its extraordinary cycle of frescoes, made five hundred years before Giotto, illustrates scenes from the Old and New Testament. For its theological value and artistic pictorial compendium, the cave-church has been called the 'Sistine Chapel' of the rupestrian wall painting.

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If it is possible - visit the crypt and see the frescoes from the 9th century. The presentation is excellently performed in the dark with lights pointing to each fresco and music... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If it is possible - visit the crypt and see the frescoes from the 9th century. The presentation is excellently performed in the dark with lights pointing to each fresco and music and narrative.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning and well preserved frescos. The old place of worship is tucked away in a cave just outside of Matera. The tour has very well done audio explanation of what you see with excellent lighting. No photos unfortunately.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I emailed Brunella several times about tickets, opening, location & found communication was excellent & directions very accurate as the sat nav couldn't locate - having a car is essential. Located in a vineyard, you gather half hour before, looks available, pay 10€ each, we were then given English audio guide then follow the guides car down to the grotto... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

This is fantastic and unexpected. You need a car to get here but the audio guide in English was excellent and the frescos are something else! It is easy to find in the car using GPS. A really worthwhile visit- better than the frescos in the middle of Matera as not only are they better preserved the whole experience is... More 

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

The Cripta del Peccato Originale just re-opened. It's certainly an amazing place, and the Art and History buff will be delighted to visit it. However, if you are not fairly proficient on religious art and don't have enough time in Matera, visit instead the churches of Santa Lucia delle Malve e Santa Maria di Idris: you'll get the idea and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I visited Matera in March,2016 and hoped to visit this site. Unfortunately it is closed for renovation. So if you are interested in visiting, double-check with the tourist information office to make sure that have opened.

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Midland, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

We contacted and scheduled a tour September 22 for our tour set for November 24. We received a confirmation email from Lucia at Coop Artezeta with instructions on where to meet, etc. My husband and I scheduled an entire day of our vacation and drove hours out of the way for the tour. We waited at the meeting point and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Frescos from the early 9th century, amazingly well preserved. The location is about 10 km from Matera, and the process of getting there is part of the fun. I thought the guide was fantastic, doing an incredible job (in English) of interpreting the meaning of the paintings and describing their history. You need to schedule your visit to this site,... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The cave is situated in the middle of a vast dry landscape of farmland. We were staying in Matera and took a taxi as we had no idea how to get there in time for our booked slot. We arrived at a dry ravine and took a short walk down some steps to a cave which was used for many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

An invaluable hour or so to witness history uncovered with a perfect guide/presenter. No photographs allowed the only disappointment.

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