The Sassi de Matera are defined as a cultural landscape and are now listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Built on the highest spur of the "Civita" which separates the two "Sassi", the 18th century Matera Cathedral was built in the Roman style typical of the Apulia region.
Matera's Sassi is the historic centre of the town of Matera.
Matera has an ancient history that dates back to the Paleolithic age: each and every era has left its mark on this extraordinary town.
The town of Matera is enriched by the presence of many rupestrian churches: there are approximately 150 small chuches carved into the rock
"Anyone who sees Matera cannot help but be awe-struck, so expressive and touching is its sorrowful beauty", wrote Carlo Levi.
A town and the capital of the province of the same name, Matera is situated in the relatively unknown southern Italian region of Basilicata, the 'instep' of the country's boot shape. It sits in a ravine that has been created over thousands of years by a stream known locally as La Gravina. The town has been inhabited since the Paleolithic period making it one of the earliest settled places in Italy. ...
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