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Cripta di Santa Margherita, Melfi
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  • The Church of Santa Margherita, far from Melfi about 1600 m ahead on SS 303 towards Rapolla is placed in proximity of the today's City Cemetery and former convent of "all saints". The cave, excavated in volcanic Tuff, dates from the 10th century, while the frescoes inside the same date back to the 13th century. . It is to be attributed to monks who settled in the area at the beginning of Byzantine domination in Southern Italy. The main altar has a depiction of Santa Margherita. But the most famous fresco is the so-called "contrast between the living and the dead" also known as "the triumph of death". The fresco shows two skeletons with worms in the stomach region representatives meat rot and in front of their three subjects that deal with the skeletons. It seems that the skeletons to explain their condition to live after death.
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  • Never seen such a thing, we went to visit the morning around 10 but it was closed, unacceptable the price we would have to pay if it had been opened.
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  • Just outside Melfi, following directions, you come to this cave Church in a crypt. To be verified/agreed with the local hours of operation, availability of volunteers. On the site you mention then free guided tour, but in fact the same is paying! € 8 per head may be justified, but why hide it?
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