Crypt of Original Sin, Matera
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Crypt of Original Sin

 

Photo by Arte Zeta Matera

The Crypt of Original Sin, Cripta del Peccato Originale in Italian, is the Sistine Chapel of rupestrian churches. The well-preserved frescoes that adorn this cave monastery, known as the Cave of One Hundred Saints in local lore, are one of the most important works of medieval art in the Mediterranean. Not only do the panels narrate the principal events of the bible they were painted Benedictine monks in the early 9th century, five hundred years before Giotto.
Getting There
 
The Crypt of Original Sin is located 14 km (9 miles) southwest of Matera. The cave is situated on the Picciano Ravine and is accessible from the road to Pietrapenta.
Hours & Times
 
This rupestrian church can only be visited as part of a tour. Cooperativa ArteZeta offers tours daily throughout the year.
Admission & Fees
 
Admission is charged. There are no discounts for children or seniors. Tickets can be purchased at MUSMA (Museo della Scultura Contemporanea Matera) in the Sasso Caveoso.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
Allow 90 minutes for the tour.
 
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