APT Basilicata

APT Basilicata

Basilicata turistica

Matera - The Park of the Rock Churches

Info
Via Sette Dolori, 10
Tel. 0835 336166 - Fax 0835 337771
Web: www.parcomurgia.it
E-mail: info@parcomurgia.it
Open: daily 8:00-14:00, on Tuesdays and Thursdays also 16:00-18:00
Note well: for any guided tour please contact the 'Ente Parco' orl CEA - Tel. 0835 332262

The ‘Parco Regionale Archeologico Storico Naturale delle Chiese Rupestri del Materano’ extends for over six thousand hectares between the Matera area and the Montescaglioso area.

In the Murgia area, which is bare and rough and incised by deep ravines delimiting the many small villages, it is possible to sight beautiful birds of prey such as the red kite, the buzzard, the kestrel and most of all the lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), whose Italian name, ‘falco grillaio’ (cricket kestrel), unmistakably reveals the kind of food that this rare bird of prey eats. Within the perimeter of the park, it is possible to visit the beautiful rock churches, where monks of Italian-Greek rite found shelter and spiritual relief.

They imported rupestrian models of architecture and iconography. The churches, often frescoed with sacred images of Christ, the Virgin Mary, the Saints and the Apostles, are a wonderful example of mixture of Byzantine and western art.