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Chiesa rupestre di Santa Lucia alle Malve

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Excellent Site

This is one of the three churches in the six Euro deal. Its small, but full of interest and some... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2018
Harrogate, United Kingdom
incredibly beautiful, could improve in conservation

This is one of the rock churches that is featured in the "package" along with two others for €6... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2018
San Benedetto Del Tronto, Italy
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Sasso Caveoso, Matera, Italy
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Reviewed 26 September 2018

This is one of the three churches in the six Euro deal. Its small, but full of interest and some nice frescoes. Fortunately they don't allow photos so your viewing of the frescoes is not interrupted by snapshot happy tourists. Good value if you buy...More

Thank Nastame
Reviewed 12 July 2018

This is one of the rock churches that is featured in the "package" along with two others for €6. Absolutely fascinating for its varied environments and details. Some of the spaces could use urgent conservation, which hopefully will be carried out given that the site...More

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Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

They don’t allow any pictures, but don’t tell you this until after you buy the ticket. Not worth the visit, in my opinion.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

To me, looking at Byzantine influenced art from 1200's through 1400's is just overwhelmingly incredible. Stand there and just imagine people standing there 800 years ago looking at the same artwork. St. Michael the Archangel, the virgin with saints at her coronation, St. Benedict, St....More

1  Thank Steveage
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

This is one of the many rock churches in Matera and one of the biggest. It is really interesting to see the floor plan just like so many other churches, but then in a rock. Frescos still remain on part of the walls. Other parts...More

Thank nicolien_vp
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

We headed off after lunch to see the famous cave churches of Matera. But we recommend you do this in the morning hours not the afternoon! Walking through the town and then taking on the stairs (there are a lot), most in the direct sun,...More

Thank Michaela
Reviewed 19 March 2018

All Sassi neightborhood is excellent for explorers, just start walking from one point and let it surprise you with all the amazing views from different corners of the old town.

Thank Medelin_13
Reviewed 23 February 2018

One of the very beautiful and unique cave churches of Matera, Santa Lucia alle Malve costs 3 euros to get in (or 6 euros to get in 2 more churches) and is right in the center of the old town, in the Sassi. I found...More

Thank Vladimir1998
Reviewed 19 November 2017

One of the many beautiful churches in Matera. This church is in a cave, it has some beautiful Frescoes. Like the other cave churches you cannot take pictures inside.

Thank Alec D
Reviewed 31 October 2017

You can take a quick walk in this free historic area of Matera. Its amazing that you can walk thru this historic area and look at the caves across the valley as well as take in a view of the city of Matera. It was...More

Thank Brix510
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