Unesco Sites of Italy: The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera

Jun 01, 2020 88

Matera, in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, is, in the words of Unesco, which inscribed it in its World Heritage list in 1993, “the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem.”

The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera contains a complex of houses, churches, monasteries and hermitages built into the natural caves of the Murgia, a limestone plateau characterized by deep cracks, ravines, rocks and caves. The site covers an area of 1,016 hectares with more than 1,000 dwellings and several shops and workshops. 

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