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Churches of Matera

"Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be still living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago."

About Churches of Matera

Basic Information:


Matera is not only a beautiful and very picturesque place to see but it also a place of cult. You will be surprised to find how many churches there are - in the rock and not only.


What to see more in Matera?

Churches of Matera

  • The Cathedral of Matera
  • Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista
  • Chiese rupestri (Rock churches)
  • Church of San Pietro Caveoso
  • Church of San Francesco d'Assisi
  • Church of Santa Chiara
  • Church of Purgatorio
  • Church of San Domenico
  • Convent of St. Augustine
  • Sanctuary of della Madonna di Picciano
  • Sanctuary of Madonna della Palomba


The Cathedral of Matera was built in the old Romanesque style in the thirteenth century in the most highest of the Civita that divides the two Sassi in the area of the ancient Benedictine Monastery of Saint Eustace - one of the two patron saints of the city. Outside the Cathedral are notable rose to sixteen rays and the bell tower 52 meters high Take a look also at Byzantine fresco of the Madonna della Bruna inside the cathedral, a crib from sixteenth century by the Italian sculptor Altobello Persio and a fresco depicting the Last Judgement.


Opening Hours

On Monday: 14,30 - 19,00

From Tuesday to Sunday:

- in the morning - 10,00 - 13,00

- in the evening - 14,30 - 19,00

Closed: Monday morning


TravelMapItaly Advices

As it is always said here the better way to go and see South Italy is by car. This region of Italy is a picturesque and interesting to see and only driving by car you could appreciate it. So, don't hesitate to go there by car or to hire one on the nearest airports.

Note that in the historical parts of the city you should go only by walking.

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