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This church is carved into a huge rock pinnacle jutting from the lip of a gorge.
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| Sasso Caveoso, 75100, Matera, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Thank Ray V
Reviewed October 18, 2018

The complex consists of 2 churches built into the rock. The church of Madonna de Iris is mentioned in 14th century documents, and owes its name to cisterns and basins used for the collection of water.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

We walked all over the sasso, and saw many churches--this one was really spectacular and worth the climb!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

There are many churches in Matera, each unique inside. Worth the walk through if you are going by. (Crane is still there)

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

Worth a visit especially if you saw the TV program. Entry 3 euros or cheaper if you visit as a group. Allow 15-20 mins and you can have a cool down inside, it was very hot and sunny when we visited.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 21, 2018

We hiked up the hill to this beautiful church filled with ancient frescos tucked away in smaller cave areas. Vdery impressive.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 13, 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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