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The Crypt of the Original Sin, in Matera, is located inside a natural cave on the Murgia plateau, near the old Appian Way. Commonly known as “the Sistine Chapel of rupestrian art”, the Crypt was discovered in 1963 by a group of local youths, who...more
Don’t expect to see any signage pointing you to the Crypt of the Original Sin (Cripta del Peccato Originale) because the general public are not expected to just show up and be allowed in. The ancient cave of worship is actually owned by a local...More
Firstly you have to find the place and you need to use your gps with the coordinates no sign on the road ! Then it’s Group visit in Italian and a possibility of translation if the audio system is working which was not the car....More
This is a must see attraction from mid 8th century. So privileged to see this area that has been well restored with a conservation plan in place. Amazing to think of a Monastry in this area and the worship taking place during those early times.
Whenever you think : I drive that direction and follow the signs when I am in the neighbourhood, you will never see it. First off all there is no sign second the road to the site is a ditch on a moterway so pased before...More
I had heard of the Crypt from the TV show "Italy Unpacked"
As we were going to Matera and Puglia we added it to our itinerary.
So glad we did, it was AWESOME !
Only problem was the head sets for our commentary as the...More
Don't expect pristine art when it is over 1,000 years old and in a cave. But you get a great sense of the spiritual essence of the monastery, and really appreciate how they worshiped and lived. The place is out of the way, hard to...More
Should be half of what was charged and the English was a bit hard to understand, more appropriate for British. Online photos are much nicer than in person and it is hard to find off the main highway. Save your money for more significant sites.
You will need a car but it is not far away from Matera. The winery is hospitable with toilets and friendly staff. You will follow the owner's car to a remote spot where they play light music in the darkness of a cave, revealing the...More
It is hard to believe that you are in a place of worship dated back to the 9th century. It is great to sit there in the dark and imagine the monks entering and saying their prayers in latin.
It is located on the grounds...More