203***17The main purpose of coming to Matera is to experience the cave houses and residential life in this ancient primitive stone city. However, with the development and progress of society, the caves have been decorated and modernized, but you can still experience it. To the kind of happy life of the ancients who lived in the caves, the cave houses are warm in winter and cool in summer, and living here really feels at ease.
qq旭日Matera is a small town in southern Italy. The traffic is very inconvenient. You need to transfer trains or buses to Mali from Rome. The tourists who go to Matera are mainly Europeans and few Chinese. The main feature of Matera is the original cave crypts, part of which is currently abandoned, and the other part is home to locals, mainly for tourist services, opening bars, hotels, etc. This time I lived in a hotel converted from the abandoned church, which was a bit scary at night. Those who go to play are best to live in a hotel close to the street, so that it does not feel scary to come out, and the street is lively at night. On the whole, the old city is a declining city.
203***17Matera is an ancient stone city in southeastern Italy that still retains many primitive caves. Many of the houses in the old town are caves hewn in the rock, and many buildings are built with stones. This ancient city There is a deep gully in the back, which is easy to defend and difficult to attack. For those who drive in Italy, it is still worth a visit if time permits.
翱翔的大鲨鱼The first feeling of the ancient city of Matera is tenacity. A feeling of unwillingness to admit defeat, this ancient city is built on the hills and tops, with twists and turns inside, so the rainwater collection system is very important. It can not only prevent flooding in low-lying land, but also store rainwater that is needed from time to time.
淼淼0301The original crypts are suggested to be between the 8th and 13th centuries. Therefore, these caves have a very long history. They were built to escape Islamic forces. Now these caves have become a tourist attraction in Italy and are still very popular with tourists. As the name suggests, the cave church is a church built in a cave. The frescoes on the church are very beautiful, the decoration is also very beautiful, and it is still very distinctive.
翱翔的大鲨鱼The main church of Matera is located at the highest point of the ancient city of Matera. It is a stone and marble building. The typical Byzantine classical style, the appearance is simple and unpretentious, but there is also a cave inside. The beautiful dome, the elegant glass windows are painted, and the classic religious stories are embellished.
Nestled in a small canyon carved by the Gravina River, this town was inhabited for thousands of years since the Palaeolithic times. In the prehistoric times, the local population started to settle in dwellings in the calcareous rock of the canyon itself that today are known as 'sassi'. Due to the extreme poverty conditions in the '50s, the government had to relocate most of its population to new housing in the modern part of the city.
Thanks to a change in culture and in local administrators, the 'Sassi's' saw a renaissance in the early 90's and are now being promoted as touristic attractions. Over the last two decades, many economic activities have populated these dwellings: restaurants, pubs, shops, bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels. Today Matera is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Today it is a must-stop for many tourists who travel across Southern Italy, especially after a stay in Apulia or Calabria.
So ancient and unique! In the cave-city in southern Italy, Matera, it feels like you are stepping back in time!