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Chiesa rupestre di San Pietro Barisano

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Chiesa rupestre di San Pietro Barisano

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Piazza S.Pietro Barisano, Matera Italy
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Following the COVID-19 pandemic, this tour will be carried out with radio transmitter and receiver for each participant, in order to comply with the contact rules.<br><br>An immersive experience to discover all that makes Matera unique by discovering motherhood and trying to enter, even in the philosophy of life of this strange and unique city.<br><br>Together with me, Renato, or one of my collaborators such as Sara, Gaetano and Domenico, all licensed guides with a visceral passion and love for the city.<br><br>The city of Matera, with its ancient neighborhoods, the Sassi, is considered among the oldest in the world. An authentic open-air museum that describes man's life from the Stone Age to the present day with spectacular continuity.<br><br>Not really touristic tour, step by step you will discover the history of the city, the tales and the vicissitudes of those who lived in the Sassi as well as art, architecture. a 360 ° analysis of Matera "Shame of Italy" and "World Heritage Site".<br>
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Gabriel H wrote a review Nov 2019
Bellaire, Texas7,006 contributions979 helpful votes
Dating back to the 12th century, St. Peter's is built over a cave complex that served as a repository for the dead. There are fascinating frescoes from the 15th century upon entering the church, representing several saints and the Annunciation. Open daily to visitors, but hours are much longer in the Summer than the Winter months. A token entrance fee is required; reduced fees apply to certain groups. A walking tour of the Sassi is probably the most efficient way to visit.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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sbizzle wrote a review Oct 2019
Ludlow, United Kingdom1,460 contributions311 helpful votes
In an even more subterranean area are carved rock ‘chairs’ where bodies would be left to drain and decompose! It was to prolong their time on earth, and they would be visited. Given that there are 50+ of these in different little rooms, it must have been a very strange environment!! Otherwise the church is a nice example of a rock church - very spacious but fewer frescoes than some.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Margaret S wrote a review Sep 2019
Napier, New Zealand553 contributions111 helpful votes
We liked this smaller church (that was closer to the town than the big cathedral). It was moving seeing the very old part. But I hope that it stays the way it is by tourists respecting it.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Brun066 wrote a review Feb 2019
Florence, Italy9,826 contributions1,004 helpful votes
This church contributes powerfully (not alone in Matera of course) to give awareness of the ways of life in the past, not only in Matera, but in all the settlements carved into the rock. First of all, it should be noted that this is a former church. In fact, it has been deconsecrated, and therefore it no longer has any sacred character. The church, like most of the buildings into the "Sassi", featurs only a small part in masonry. The facade (and the beautiful bell tower) are the only part that is not carved into the rock. The interior therefore - for those coming from "normal" cities or houses - has the appearance of a well organized cave. Another salient feature is the lack of works of art inside, apart from those of contemporary art that have recently been added to it. This is because, after the Italian law of 1952 which sanctioned the uninhabitability of 80% of the buildings in the "Sassi", the almost deserted city favored the activity of looters. It is commonly said that the rock habitats, due to poor ventilation, were even more unhealthy than those (already rather unhealthy for our standards) of any pre-industrial habitat (it would suffice in this regard to read "The foul and the fragrant", 1986, by the historian French Alain Corbin, original edition 1983). In fact, the presence of animals and manure inside cave dwellings had to determine an unbearable olfactory environment for us. In the churches there were no animals or manure; but on the other hand, until the beginning of the nineteenth century, there were burials, moreover generally badly closed, which determined the same effect. And in some churches, as in this one, there were also in the underground the macabre spaces in which the corpses of the ecclesiastics were settled, seated, until their complete putrefaction. In short, the visit to this church made me appreciate even more the time in which we live, and in which we can visit in perfect hygienic conditions some evocative testimonies such as this church.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Thomas Ozbun wrote a review Feb 2019
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions235 helpful votes
Church of San Pietro Barisano, and the largest of those built inside the rocks and has a beautiful interior. Right above it is a nice viewpoint to see the Sassi.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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