Chiesa del Purgatorio, Matera

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  • August 12, 2017
    A must see. There is more mass but the place remains essential for the old faithful. Enter only to the mystery of the place.
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  • July 29, 2017
    The Church of purgatory is located in the road that links Palazzo Lanfranchi to downtown. The Church, originally Baroque, as also says the name represents inside but also outside (façade and Portal) the theme of purgatory. The Interior is of circular shape embellished with paintings and interesting paintings. Of particular interest are the organ and the wooden pulpit.
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  • July 3, 2017
    It is a Baroque church from the 18th century and is located in Via Ridola before the start of the Sassi. As can be inferred from the name, the Church represents the theme of death as the beginning of a higher life. This is evidenced by the façade (bas-reliefs of skeletons) and the portal (skulls of nobles, clergy and ordinary people). The message is clear: in the face of death, we are all the same. The circular interior is rich in many works. Very interesting organ and pulpit.
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  • Beautiful church although a little disturbing. Young volunteers will guide you during your visit.
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  • Theological peculiarities of this Baroque church, which was built in the era of the Catholic Counter Reformation against the ideas of the Protestants who denied the existence of purgatory. Although during this period the social differences were very marked, the skulls on the door show Kings, bishops and popes (recognizable by headdresses) United by death that makes no distinctions. The Catholic version of the motto of the French Revolution of that same period!
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  • Walking along via Ridola, hitting the facade detail of this church: skulls, skeletons make it unique in its kind, perhaps for someone a bit disturbing. The dedication to the souls in purgatory is clear at the top, where souls into the flames and an inscription that leverage any doubt about it. If you can visit inside, a painting shows san Gaetano intercessory prayer for the souls in purgatory
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  • The interiors are great.
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