Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera, Matera

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Explore the cave dwellings and stone-carved churches of Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera. Hike from Matera up to the sassi cave-dwellings, and farther up to the rupestrian churches for wonderful views of the area. Inside the caves, appreciate the frescoes and the restoration work inside the linked churches, once used to store wine and now maintained by the government. Wander the steps, passageways, and streets among the sassi caves, where people lived for thousands of years until government policies moved them out a mere 40 years ago. Arrange to visit Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera and other attractions in Matera using our Matera tour planner.
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  • Just a mile or so outside of Matera, the visitor will find a number of caves that used to function as churches (and some still do!). Like the old homes in Matera, these churches were carved out of the...  more »
  • Around the 10th century Latin and Greek monks were housed in the 8th to XIII. The Gravines of Matera with its eighteen kilometers in length, its thousands of natural caves and the friability of the tender rock gave the possibility to dig and obtain an intense number of cave churches (about 150). The interiors are always characterized by unique environments adorned with the different graffiti crosses and bas-relief, on the walls and ceilings, where they are often framed by domes carved into the fragile limestone mass, using the art of obtaining the empty from the full. The rooms are illuminated by the numerous frescoes depicting sacred scenes and figures of saints.
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  • Nice park for a walk. The caves themselves are a bit grimy! Recommend getting to the church caves
  • Visit a place where time forgot! Matera is a truly stunning town. You could easily spend two or three days here just walking the streets and National Park. The transition from the old town into the park is amazing and the views are simply breathtaking. Traversing the suspension bridge into the park leaves you feeling like your walking next to dinosaurs. Climbing the steep walk to the opposite side is well worth it but take plenty of water and some really good walking shoes/boots. Trainers aren’t really going to do the job. You are surrounded in history and magical culture with loads of beautiful places to eat and drink.
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