Cripta del Peccato Originale, Matera

4.6
#2 of 10 in Historic Sites in Matera
Visit the ninth-century frescoes of the artist known as the “Painter of Flowers of Matera” at Cripta del Peccato Originale. Lying among southern Italy's vineyards and wheat fields, this rock wall cavity is known as the “Sistine Chapel of Rock Art,” and contains some of the oldest rupestrian art of the region. The frescoes, interpreting Old and New Testament stories, have recently been restored to their original glory. Cripta del Peccato Originale is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Matera Edition.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Just think about the history and the context in which they were created is ... ... amazing! Remains a very important site.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I've been to the crypt of original sin with a group of friends in June this year to get there was a company so much that we had to postpone the tour because we arrived late. The crypt is wonderful but told with detachment and in the dark. Seated on uncomfortable wooden stairs to go total nellassenza of light. Recorded audio impersonal that does not transmit emotions. Antonio guide I've had the pleasure of hearing on other occasions is always very careful and precise. Passionate and prepared
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  • August 13, 2017
    Site very fascinating and characteristic for leasing and artistic content. In my opinion the high ticket price must be justified to the source as explained the Guide well prepared and extremely available that targets for 5 years to preserve every half cyclic restoration frescoes. Move from visitor to lender made me feel better. Missing the signs and take the road leading to the ticket office.
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  • The crypt of sin origin? Surely it is interesting but certainly moltoooooo the taralli and wines ... ... more ...:-D
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  • Some friends had raved about this visit, but I have to say that the reality far exceeded my every expectation. Considerable help preparation and organisation of the visit. Not to be missed by anyone visiting Matera.
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  • The crypt and frescoes are beautiful and very charming, helpful and friendly staff. But perhaps the price (€10) is exaggerated: after all, this is a visit of about twenty minutes in a unique setting with a recorded voice that explains things. Maybe it would be better if it were the guidance to illustrate the frescoes and what they mean. However it is a must see for those who go to Matera. Recommend a meal at the nearby agriturismo Dragone: very high availability and courtesy.
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  • The crypt is beautiful and mystical charm. The whole is supported by a highly suggestive. Shame about the cost. A little high for a single location.
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  • I visited last week: exciting-it is only right to congratulate all those who contributed to the realization of the scene. Thank you
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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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