Cripta del Peccato Originale

Cripta del Peccato Originale

Cripta del Peccato Originale
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The Crypt of the Original Sin, in Matera, is located inside a natural cave on the Murgia plateau, near the old Appian Way. Commonly known as “the Sistine Chapel of rupestrian art”, the Crypt was discovered in 1963 by a group of local youths, who noticed the splendid frescoes in what at the time, had become a shelter for sheep herds.Experts later dated the cycle of paintings back to the second half of the 8th century, with Late-Romanesque style and formal elements of Oriental inspiration, such as the Byzantine-style Triarchsand the profile of the Virgin Mary, majestically represented in the sumptuous clothes of the Byzantine empress, the Basilissa.The anonymous, humble artist – who was soon nicknamed the “Flower Painter” – depicted biblical figures in total freedom: God the Creator, Light and Darkness, Adam and Eve, the three Apostles John, Peter and Andrew, the Archangels and Mary. The paintings on the rough walls of the cave are different and unique in Matera’s iconographic context. The scenes are the fruit of the painter’s personal creativity and certainly speak of his freedom in translating complex depictions, and of a lively spontaneity in drawing images. The Crypt of Original Sin may only be visited by booking.
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Becky S
6 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was very beautiful and ancient, felt very sacred and unique to this area. Thankfully we got a taxi to take us, because I think we might have struggled to find it. The narration was fascinating.
Written 26 September 2023
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Lynnea44
Johannesburg, South Africa32 contributions
Jul 2023
I think that this tourist site is worth a visit to see, but I do not think that it is one of the things that you would go back and do a second time.
Written 2 July 2023
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SLDUK
8 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Matera is a really unique place. Easy to visit from Bari.
Bought bus tickets online...very reasonably priced.Several lines of coaches go there. All excellent- caught bus near railway station and walked about 20 minutes to get into Matera proper. The oil museum really worth a visit...it says booking required...but this is inaccurate!
Very good guide.
Lovely place to stroll around..
Don't miss a visit to Arbreobello...similar bus ride of about an hour from Bari...Lovely.
Written 30 May 2023
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,121 contributions
Jul 2022
On the morning of my 9 am tour, Expedia did not transmit my confirmed reservation to the actual tour operator, Martulli Viaggi so they left without me. Conveniently, they set me up with another tour of the Crypt of Original Sin for 10:30. I could have reserved also and done it independently but thought booking with Expedia would be better. Not so. Check in was at a winery where you're given an audio guide that was very helpful. Then you're driven to the actual location. Such a magnificent place, full of history, spiritual significance - truly a treasure. The frescoes were amazing and the explanations tied everything togather. I am so glad I didn't miss it...
Written 1 August 2022
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parismuse
San Francisco, CA199 contributions
Jul 2022
Fantastic visit to the beautiful cave paintings, out in the country 1/2 hour from Matera - just do it!
Written 14 July 2022
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KathrynE
Los Angeles, CA818 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Really beautiful rock/cave church outside of Matera. You can reserve tickets online ahead of time. Check in is at a winery and then you walk or drive down to the church. Audio guide in English explains things very well. Photos are not allowed inside.
Written 25 June 2022
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Aussies_Travelling
Melbourne, Australia34 contributions
Jan 2022
The frescoes are a true treasure of Italian history, unique for their subject matter and age.

If you have made your booking, and do not get there 30 minutes before hand, then wander quickly down the track and you will more than likely catch the group, as we did.

Highly recommended, which is saying something for a site so close to Matera and its cave churches.
Written 19 March 2022
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Melody F
4 contributions
Oct 2021
What a unique experience! We were able to enjoy amazing religious art from the 8th century on the walls of this natural cave. It was well worth the lovely, sometimes bumpy drive, about 15-20 minutes from our place in Matera. There are a few things that are helpful to know. The last few miles of road are sometimes dirt and sometimes just not well maintained. The concession is part of the Cooperativa Synchronos. Visitors gather at the main building for the cooperative before all going down together to the parking for the crypt. People with mobility disabilities might have a great deal of difficulty. There are steep stairs leading down to the entrance to the cave and getting up from the seating might be challenging. Once in the cave, there is an interesting and informative presentation giving the history of the crypt and interpretation and context to the art. The experience was worth any inconvenience we initially felt.
Written 16 February 2022
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Fundognw
Siena, Italy326 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
The paintings are very special and unlike anything I’ve seen before. When you book online, note that you are to arrive 30 minutes before the tour starts. If you put the place in your GPS it might want to take you all the way to the cave. Don’t drive to the cave. Stop at the biglietteria, which is in an agriturismo. There might be a sign at the desk with no-one there because the guy is doing the tour for the prior group. When it’s time they’ll check you in and you’ll caravan on to the cave down a narrow dirt road. You’ll sit on bumpy rocks inside the cave and different parts of the paintings will be illuminated while there’s an audio explanation. On our day the English audio was malfunctioning, and the day before we were offered a refund and cancellation because of this. We decided to go anyway. Husband’s audio in English worked but mine didn’t. The guy was very helpful and sweet and apologetic about the audio. He spoke English and offered a recap at the end but we declined as we had lunch plans. We were very glad we made the effort to see this.
Written 9 November 2021
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Axelle R
4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Worst organization EVER. The confirmation email for the booking is not explicit at all and no one explains anything so we basically waited 30mn to finally hear that the visit was over and no refund possible.
Do not recomment at all.
Written 15 August 2021
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