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Chiesa rupestre di Santa Lucia alle Malve

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Address: Sasso Caveoso, Matera, Italy
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Interesting cave church

Interesting to see the remnants of the cave church, some frescoes still are visible--but there is a lot of dampness and the church is pretty tiny

Reviewed July 13, 2016
Leianne C
Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

Interesting to see the remnants of the cave church, some frescoes still are visible--but there is a lot of dampness and the church is pretty tiny

Thank Leianne C
Montana Rose
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Reviewed July 11, 2016

This one is also fairly large with some great frescos. It feels more cave-like than some others. Again, no pictures, but you get a pamphlet. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank MTRose
Cape Cod
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Reviewed June 29, 2016

Once a church complete with frescos. There is good information in English about the history of this church. More recently used as a house visited with a guide who gave good background information.

Thank CapeCodSam
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed June 24, 2016

Excavations in Chiesa rupestre di Santa Lucia alle Malve, have been dated at 9th century. The frescoes date from 11th-17th century. Hopefully the mould can be kept at bay, so future generations are able to view these treasures. No photography allowed but there are postcards available. The staff, thankfully seem to be on the ball with regards to photography in... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

A church cut into limestone, was later used as a house. Many beautiful frescos have survived, though, despite mold and smoke from the kitchen. No pictures or videos are allowed but they have informative guides included in with the ticket. The old graveyard on top of the church is also worth visiting.

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Chicago, Il
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Reviewed May 27, 2016

Cool and calm inside on a hot day. I could imagine being there in 9th century. Early Christian church for benedictine monks. I would have been dazzled in 11 th century by surviving by fresco paintings. How lucky we are that this has survived.

Thank EsmeBennion
Hod Hasharon, Israel
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Reviewed May 22, 2016

The church has some frescos on the walls, but some of them are ruined and the church served as a home to families un the bad days.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

It was quite small but interesting and reasonably priced. It could have done with having more historical context, but the frescos were worth seeing if largely faded. However it is set in the stunning valley at the heart of Matera. Very beautiful. It can however get crowded.

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Reviewed January 19, 2016

This Rupestrian 'cave' church was carved into the cliff for Benedictine monks in the Ninth Century. Special features are both Latin and Greek elements, the frescos and the three naves. After being used as a church it became a house after being abandoned by the monks and now has been reopened to visitors as a church. It is occasionally used... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 23, 2015

This church is amazing. Not only was it a place of worship, but there are also remains of its use as a place of residence for people and animals in the pre l960,s. It is best to have a guide otherwise it is difficult to understand the significance of the many beautiful frescos and artefacts. A most amazing place in... More 

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