park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera
75100 Matera, Province of Matera, Italy
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This is the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. The first inhabited zone dates from the Palaeolithic, while later settlements illustrate a number of significant stages in human history. Matera is in the southern region of Basilicata.
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Saint Lucia alle Malve is a rock church situated at the Sasso Caveoso in Matera, adjacent to a monastery female Benedictine dating back to the ' eleventh century. Initially, the church was dedicated to Sant'Agata, to be later dedicated to Santa Lucia between 1217 and 1267. After the transfer in 1525 of the nuns first to the monastery of Santa Lucia Alla Civita and then to Santa Lucia al Piano, the church was used as a residence.
The church of Santa Maria di Idris , also known as "Santa Maria de Idris" or "Madonna de Idris", is located in Matera , inside the Sassi . It is a rock church , that is, carved into the rock . It is located in the upper part of Monterrone, a large limestone cliff that rises in the middle of the Sasso Caveoso; it can be reached via a flight of stairs near the rock church of Santa Lucia alle Malve . The name Idris derives from the Greek Odigitria , the one who shows the way, or from the water that
The Church of Saints Peter and Paul, commonly known as the Church of San Pietro Caveoso, is a church in Matera, located in the southern ancient district of the city, Sasso Caveoso. The church was built in 1218 but undergone numerous changes and renovations over the centuries, and many of its original features were lost in time. In the 17th century, the church was completely renovated and the current facade was built.
Palazzo Lanfranchi is the greatest monument that represents the seventeenth - century period in Matera. In front of the door is the sculpture "The Drop" by Kengiro Azuma. The palace has undergone many renovations and has housed the Museo Della Grafica since 2007. The Museum houses the collection of the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe dell’Università di Pisa; initially curated in 1957 by Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti.
The MUSMA ( Museum of contemporary sculpture Matera ) is an Italian museum located in Matera and dedicated to sculpture . It was inaugurated in 2006 and is located in Palazzo Pomarici , on the highest part of the Sassi district. It houses about 270 works by 200 different artists, including Kengiro Azuma , Duilio Cambellotti , Pietro Consagra , Pericle Fazzini , Luigi Guerricchio , Emilio Isgrò , Giacomo Manzù , José Ortega and Arnaldo Pomodoro.
The Sassi di Matera are two districts of Matera, Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano, made up of rock buildings and architecture dug into the rock of the Murgia of Matera and inhabited since prehistoric times. Together with the Civita district (built on the spur that separates the two Sassi), they constitute the historic center of the city of Matera. In 1993 they were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Difficult accessibility and lack of extended promotion make Basilicata one of the most remote and least visited regions of Italy. However, tourism is slowly growing since the early 2000s. Matera, once dubbed "national disgrace" by prime minister Alcide De Gasperi who urged to take strict development measures due to its extreme poverty, is now Basilicata's main attraction and has gained fame worldwide for its historical center, the Sassi, designated in 1993 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.