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Chiesa del Purgatorio, Matera

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Instead of booking your rooms at a conventional hotel in Matera, consider staying at one of the city's cave hotels. The rock settlements in this area are part of a World Heritage Site, and several local hotels offer lodgings at cave dwellings dug into the limestone rocks, complete with private bathrooms, satellite TV, air conditioning, and mini-bars. Alternatively, you can also stay at a small B&Bs or private inn in the old town, where you can explore most of Matera's main attractions on foot.
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  • Intrigued by the facade that included skulls we went inside and were surprised by the impressive interior. Built in 18th century, church is Baroque style and the facade represents the Death and Redemp...  more »
  • There are thousands of churches in Italy & after a while it can seem like overload. However, the Church of Purgatory offers something completely different. Skulls in pontiff hats, crowns & tiaras deco...  more »
  • The church is dedicated to Purgatory and so the decorations outside are skeletons and bones--interesting. It is th eonly church I have been in where there is a place for lighting candles for the livin...  more »
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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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