Matera

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From the districts of the Sassi we can see the churches of: Santa Maria de Idriss, probably the oldest, completely dug out in the rocks, apart from its front, with frescoes from the 14th, 15th and 16th Centuries; San Pietro Barisano, from the 12th and 13th Centuries, partly rocky with a 17th Century curvilinear façade; San Pietro Caveoso, erected in 1656 on the edge of a precipice. The Tramontano Castle, which remained unfinished, but notable for the donjon or keep and its two towers, dating back to the 15th Century.
The Cathedral is in the Roman-Pugliese style (1268-1270) with internal decoration in the Baroque style of 1627 and 1776. The following Baroque buildings are also noteworthy: the churches of Carmelo, San Francesco (erected in that hypogeum of Saints . Peter and Paul, dating back to 1000) with a façade from 1670 and a beautiful polyptych by B. Vivarini, of Santa Lucia, of Purgatory (1747), Sant’Agostino on the scenographical façade (reconstructed in 1750), the convent of Santa Chiara (National Museum), the seminary (secondary school specializing in the Classics), ex Dominican convent (Law building), the Palazzo Bronzini Padula of 1779, but in Baroque style, dominating the Sassi.

Many archaeological and historical finds are preserved in the Domenico Ridola National Museum.

For the last few years ago, some of the most beautiful “Sassi,” have been revalued and assigned to evocative exhibitions; and with particular frequency, those of the sculptural exhibitions.

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