Matera, Province of Matera, Basilicata
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- Altitude: 401 m a.s.l
- Population: about 58,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 75100
- Phone Area Code: 0835
- Patron Saint: Madonna della Bruna, celebrated on 2 July
- Demonym: materani
- Frazioni & Localities: La Martella, Picciano A, Picciano B, Venusio, Villaggio Timmari
Where to stay
What to see
- The Cathedral, built in the Romanesque style typical of Apulia in the latter half of the 13th century, baroque inside, preserves a precious byzanthine statue of the Virgin Mary called "La Bruna".
Current local administration, becoming more tourism-oriented, has helped the "Sassi" to become more livable and attractive. There is a great similarity in the look of the Sassi with that of ancient sites in and around Jerusalem, which are as ancient, and for this reason was chosen by film makers as the setting for ancient Jerusalem, more specifically by Pier Paolo Pasolini in "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" (1964), Bruce Beresford in "King David" (1985) and Mel Gibson in "The Passion of the Christ" (2004).
A memorable chapter on Matera, describing the really poor life of people in the south of Italy at the beginning of the 20th century, is in the book "Cristo si è fermato a Eboli" (Christ stopped at Eboli) by Carlo Levi.