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Chiesa rupestre di San Pietro Barisano

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Great rupestrian church

One of the famous rupestrian churches of Matera. Built - or rather hewn in the rock - around year 1000. Typical of the sassi constructions with facade of tufa (but not original... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 December 2016
Warsaw, Poland
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

One of the famous rupestrian churches of Matera. Built - or rather hewn in the rock - around year 1000. Typical of the sassi constructions with facade of tufa (but not original - the present one dates back to 18th century) . It contains some old frescoes, altars and some tunnels. Information leaflet is available in English. Entry is 3... More 

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Wakefield, Rhode Island, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Beautiful simple church with frescos and underground passages. A short visit gives you a good sense of what worship might have been like.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Interesting place, the pictures from the XVII century not so well preserved. Underneath the church there is a labirinth of tunnels, we entered through a tunnel somewhere on the left and got out behind the altar. :)

Thank domnitarugina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We picked this church for its size, and to contrast with S.Lucia. We hadn't realised it had an interesting network of tunnels underneath that could be explored - our son loved it! The walls weren't nearly as interesting, but the volume and effort to create the space was quite incredible. The church was also a lot less busy, with no... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

A little out of the way, but worth seeking out. This cave church is more modern in structure, but it's unique in that you can go underground through a maze like area. Less visited, so you may get it all to yourself too.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

This is the largest of the Rupestrian Churches in Matera, dated 12th century. Sadly during the 60's and 70's numerous pieces of art were stolen and vandalised. The tufa stone image of Mary and Jesus being flanked by angels is exquisite. Walking through, you need to keep reminding yourself that it is excavated, not constructed, simply amazing. There is a... More 

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

This is quite a large cave church, though several frescos Ave been stolen, interestingly the holes where they should be have been left, which is thought provoking and quite shocking. There are opportunities to go downstairs but be aware that several of the steps are very worn and slippy. There is a film which is very useful in respect of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

The Church is carved into the rock and is monumental sporting an eighteenth-century facade and a rose window and the bell tower. This Church is and example of fusion between excavation and construction and dates back from the year one thousand.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

Yet another beautiful and ancient church in Matera. This one is slightly different and it sits on the edge of town. A short visit would do.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

This is the lovely parish church of San Pietro e Paulo, set right on the edge of Sasso Cavelo. It has a little piazza in front of it and great views over the neighbouring Parco della Murgia Materana. Inside, the church is quiet and fairly restrained, with lovely baroque features.

Thank David M

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