standard-title Murgia and rock churches

Murgia and rock churches

The particular shape of the territory around the city  makes evocative the visit to the Park of the Murgia and of the Rock Churches which covers about 8000 hectares and has more than 150 rock churches, as well as numerous Paleolithic villages as the Bat Cave and Neolithic artifacts . The park is characterized by caves visible from the Sassi in the past used as shelter by Benedictine and Greek-Byzantine monks who altered the rock in order to make functional the cave settlements.

Among the many rock churches within the agglomeration of Sassi that combine the charm of the bare rock and the sophistication and elegance of the interior decorations, are  worth visiting the majestic Church of San Pietro Barisano, the Church of Santa Lucia in the quartier of Malve, The cave complex of Convicinio of St. Anthony, the churches of Santa Maria de Idris and San Giovanni, the Church of Santa Barbara with its splendid frescoes and, finally, the rock complex of the Madonna of the Virtues and St. Nicholas of the Greeks, between Sasso Caveoso and the Barisano, which annually hosts an international exhibition of sculpture. The places of worship that are part of the Park of the Rock Churches of Matera are many more and they are scattered throughout the surrounding area, between the cities of Matera and Montescaglioso.


Chiesa nel canyon della Gravina


Cripta del Peccato originale


Convicinio di S.Antonio


Parco della Murgia materana