Picturesque church


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Message from Clara Alessandra

The road will naturally lead you to Piazza San Pietro Caveoso, where the homonymous Baroque church is located overlooking the Gravina stream. Then make an effort to reach the church of Santa Maria di Idris and you will be rewarded: the building is spread over a rocky outcrop, which offers a spectacular view of Matera. Inside you can see frescoes dating back to the 12th and 17th centuries. If you have any doubts about what to see in Matera, know that this is one of those things you just can't miss!

The Church of Santa Maria di Idris in Matera, Italy is a stunning example of rupestrian architecture. The structure has stood since the 14th and 15th centuries, having seen myriad restorations over the ages due to the ever-persistent humidity. Inside, there are valuable frescoes dating back to the 12th century - many of which have been moved to the Superintendence for the Historical and Artistic Heritage in Matera. Step inside this time-honoured church to explore its hidden underground crypt, see various artworks and discover the city's bygone Byzantine influence. A must-see while in town, this remarkable edifice offers visitors a gateway into untold tales of history and culture.

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