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Matera (0052)
Matera (0052)
40° 39′ 48″ N, 16° 36′ 37″ E

Matera, a town in the region of Basilicata, is perched on the edge of a small canyon eroded by the Gravina. The lower Sassi (caves) district is divided into the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso.

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The following biblical movies were filmed there because of the ancient scenery reminding the ancient Jerusalem:

  • The Gospel According to St Matthew, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964.
  • King David, Bruce Beresford, 1985.
  • The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson, 2004.
  • The Nativity Story, Catherine Hardwicke, 2006.

Main Sights

  • Sassi: The Sassi, houses dug into the rock itself, are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy.
  • Chiesi Rupestri: Santa Lucia alle Malve, Santa Maria de Idris, San Giovanni in Monterrone, Convicinio di Sant’Antonio, Santa Barbara.
  • Churches: Duomo (13th century), San Francesco d’Assisi (13th century), San Pietro Caveoso.


See also

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