APT Basilicata

APT Basilicata

Basilicata turistica

Matera - The Rock Churches


Sassi Tourism
Via Lucana, 238 - 75100 Matera
Tel. 0835 319458 - Mobile 338 2370498
Fax 0835 319458
Web: www.sassitourism.it
E-mail: [email protected]

: daily
- from April to October 9:00-13:00 and 15:00-19:00
- from November to March 9:30-13:30 and 14:30-16:30
- short tour (1 church) € 2.50, discount ticket (under 16) € 1
- middle length tour (3 churches) € 5, discount ticket € 2
- long tour (all churches) € 6, discount ticket € 3

Since the origin of the inhabited area of Matera, numerous religious communities settled down in the territory between the Gravina and the Murgia, from the Benedictines (VIII century) to the Basil monks persecuted by the Turks (XII/XV century). There has therefore been a constant presence of ascetical centres and of small and big places of worship, directly dug in the rock and preserved throughout the centuries.

Today it is possible to admire more than 150 rock churches, which are frescoed and often situated in ravines difficult to reach.

They are spread in the territory between the Agri Valley and the Stones of Matera; among them the most important will be mentioned: ‘Madonna dell’Idris’ and ‘Saint Giovanni in Monterrone’, ‘Santa Maria de Armenis’, ‘Saint Pietro in Barisano’, ‘S. Lucia alle Malve’, ‘Santa Barbara’, ‘Madonna della Croce’ and ‘Madonna delle Tre Porte’.

The Historical and Archaeological Natural Park of the Murgia and of the Rock Churches in the area of Matera has got the duty of protecting this cultural patrimony.