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Church of Santa Maria de Idris

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Address: | Sasso Caveoso, 75100, Matera, Italy
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This church is carved into a huge rock pinnacle jutting from the lip of a...

This church is carved into a huge rock pinnacle jutting from the lip of a gorge.

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it's three euro to enter, no photos allowed, very small and could probably be visited in 15 minutes or so. But easy to get to and it is impressive the frescoes survived this long.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

it's three euro to enter, no photos allowed, very small and could probably be visited in 15 minutes or so. But easy to get to and it is impressive the frescoes survived this long.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

this chapel or church requires climbing 100 plus steps. It is a very old chapel/church. Inside there are many frescoes and ancient artifacts. It is best seen with a guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Given the location, view, size, and inside frescos, this was one of my favorite churches we visited. It's a bummer you can't take pictures, but I understand. At least you get a pamphlet that has good info and a couple pictures to remind you of what you saw.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Church of Santa Maria de Idris and San Giovanni in Monterrone, are connected to one another in the same complex. Located on a rocky outcrop called Monterrone, it is pretty hard to miss, topped with a cross, it looms over Sasso Caveoso. The Church of Santa Maria de Idris, dates from the 14th and 15th centuries. Sad to see the... More 

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Trying to think of the right words to describe this unusual church carved out of the rock. It is worth the climb and the wait. The wall paintings are particularly good. It is difficult for people with mobility problems.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

It is a church located on the top of a small peak in the Sasso Caveoso. It takes around 15 mins to reach the entry of the Church and from there you will have a great sight of the Sassi di Matera. To enter in the church you will have to pay few euros and you will be able to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

There are a lot of steps up to this double church which is the centre of the lower sassi but it's worth the effort.

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

This is a teeny tiny chapel with awe inspiring frescoes, it does seem a little like the vestibule for the San Giovanni in Monteroni which is even more fabulous, you buy tickets for both as you cant get to San Giovanni without first going through Santa Maria, lots of slippery steps to get to the church, the whole of Sassi... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

The very ancient rock churches in Matera are fabulous and of real archaeological interest. seeing where people lived till the 60's is stunning- and you can see why Mel Gibson chose Matera for his film about Christ. The setting is stunning as are the viewings of birds of prey

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Do not miss seeing the Rock Churches in Matera. They are unique and fabulous. There are quite a lot of steps to the entrance of this church,but the climb is worth it.

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