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This church is carved into a huge rock pinnacle jutting from the lip of a gorge.
| Sasso Caveoso, 75100, Matera, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our hotel overlooked this pretty church, set on a little hill that rises from Sasso Caveoso, this church is on many famous pictures of the Sassi of Matera. I went in horrid heat, mid June and nearly passed out. But still so worth it. This...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Setting of the church is very beautiful. Because it looked so special my husband and I decided to visit inside. We were very disappointed. No photography (even without flash) or videos are allowed. Cannot understand why.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Sandie66
Reviewed 1 week ago

The chapel is situated on a hill and can be seen from most places. The Chapel is two churches joined together. They are cave like with frescos on the wall. When we visited the frescos were being restored. Well worth a visit. The views around...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This church like all in Matera is beautiful. It is amazing that there are so many churches in such a small area. Lived the frescoes and statues. Just fantastic to see.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Sydneyside
Reviewed July 5, 2019 via mobile

Unfortunately, we couldn’t enter the church as it was closed when we arrived, but it was very beautiful from outside. It’s very original looking, not your typical church for sure, and the stone looked so pretty in the sun at the end of the day....More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed July 4, 2019

The frescos inside this church in a rock are currently being restored, if you are there at the right time of the day you can watch.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Maryanne D
Reviewed May 31, 2019

The frescoes are somewhat faded and incomplete, but they are worth visiting for their historical interest.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank judsonchristopher22
Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

After taking 3.5 € for the entrance, they try to prevent you from taking pics of the single (half restored) fresco... A shame

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Disdero M
Reviewed February 11, 2019

you cannot miss this. I thought that this was one of the highlights of our visit to Matera. amazing church cut into the rock. quite small but in sharp contrast to the opulent churches you normally see in Italy.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Perry G
Reviewed February 7, 2019

The hewn rock church of the Madonna de Idris is an enduring relic of Byzantine faith with fading icons painted into the rockface. The faint saintly images have survived the ravages of time but are crying for some professional preservation before they fade away entirely...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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