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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.
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
This church was a little more difficult to find than some others and again a bit off the beaten tourist track. Basically, find the Duomo and go downhill. But again, very worthwhile. Many of the frescoes are well preserved and date back to mediaeval times....More
It's small and not all was accessible due to work being undertaken but the two churches carved into the grottoes of this large rock formation are worth a look for the frescos and the 'back in time' feeling. Great views down the gorge.
Experiencing this church....along with Saint Giovanni and Santa Lucia...is the highlight of visiting Matera. The ticket cost for the three places is minimal and the staff people there are friendly and helpful. There is a sense of spiritual timelessness there that is found in few...More