MATERA: THE SASSI AND THE RUPESTRIAN CHURCHES by Italia.it

Ancient habitations dug into the tuff rock of a chalky plateau open up around a hollow, the Gravina di Matera, traversed by a torrent that flows in this spectacular and unique city in the Region of Basilicata. Roofs by turns become the foundations for new habitations on the levels overhead. A dense lattice of narrow streets and alleyways fill up with the lights of the evening, giving off the impression that one is strolling through a Nativity scene of papier-mâché. This is Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019 where the Rupestrian churches and uber-famous Sassi – the very peculiar settlements carved into the rock – were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

 

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