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There are better wall paintings to see, but this one is mysterious.

You will need a car but it is not far away from Matera. The winery is hospitable with toilets and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
emma c
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Bangor, United Kingdom
Very spiritual place

It is hard to believe that you are in a place of worship dated back to the 9th century. It is great... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Ioanna L
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Athens, Greece
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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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Ioanna L
Reviewed September 26, 2018

We booked this in advance, in English. Later we learned that the English part really had little-to-no bearing, as they play an audio guide in Italian for all attendees, then give headphones to others who need another language. We actually met at a winery beforehand...More

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Reviewed September 24, 2018

we made a detour to visit this crypt which had been open to the elements until it was eventually discovered quite by accident. A lot was made of very little. A bit disappointing,

Thank Cindy S
Reviewed July 21, 2018

On the way to Matera, we stopped at the Cave of Original Sin. It is a very special place. the audio clearly explained its history as we sat in awe listening.

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Reviewed June 4, 2018

We went and decided that there are other sites where out curiosities about Matera can be better satisfied. Getting to the site in our rental car was a labor of love, it was difficult to find. Once there, the short headset tour was disappointing. The...More

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Reviewed May 28, 2018

Similar story to some other treasures - ancient work discovered by accident in modern times. The religious frescoes are indeed interesting and worth a visit. From Matera, we drove and it is about 30 minutes into the countryside....somewhat difficult to find until the last mile...More

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Reviewed May 22, 2018 via mobile

The reviews of the Cripta were so positive that we expected a fabulous experience, and instead we were very disappointed for a variety of reasons. First, visitors to the cripta are not allowed to take any photos at all. Second, English speakers were given headsets...More

Thank Deb H
Reviewed May 1, 2018

The sense of authentic historical perspective and fundamental beauty is breathtaking. One can only imagine the events, personages, and history that had taken place here. We were very lucky, and did not expect, or even know about this, until we arrived in Matera. Once there,...More

1  Thank Ryan D
Reviewed April 16, 2018

This site is reached by a rocky sloping trail and you must go with a guide to visit the cave. Tickets need to be purchased online for a specific date.There is parking for cars and it is about a half hour outside of Matera. There...More

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Andrea L
November 5, 2016|
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Response from rlrobles5 | Reviewed this property |
as best I can tell, either a very long hike or a taxi. It is moderately far from public roads.
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CorinnaBsWorld
August 29, 2016|
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Response from IndianaGeologist |
you have a couple options, you can leave your car at the gas station, or follow them in your own vehicle to the site, which is what we did. the site is out in the country and is completely safe.
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