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Cripta del Peccato Originale

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Address: Contrada Pietrapenta, 75100, Matera, Italy
Phone Number: +39 3203345323
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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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... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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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North Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 474 helpful votes
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.

2 Thank Esther P
Midland, Texas
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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Houston, TX
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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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Warrington, United Kingdom
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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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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

As with all of Matera, please understand there is walking on uneven ground and in this tour you are asked to sit down on steps once you enter the crypt /cave so that all those in the tour can see the wall paintings. You will need a car to meet the other tour members and the guide at a spot... More 

Thank 832Chris
Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

I loved this remote cave church with its stunning frescos. One wall shows the story of Adam and Eve with a surprising young creator God, no beard or smart clothes! On the second wall are frescos of the apostles, and all around is decorated with painted flowers. I just loved this place, and found inspiration for my work, so went... More 

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Worth making the effort to get to this wonderful rupestri church in the middle of nowhere. The wall paintings are as vibrant as they were went painted dome 1300 years ago.

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