Chiesa rupestre di San Pietro Barisano

Chiesa rupestre di San Pietro Barisano

Chiesa rupestre di San Pietro Barisano
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA13,464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples

This was the most difficult of the three Rupestrian churches we visited because some of the passages between the chambers are quite narrow.

This church was unique in that parts of it were used for the “Draining of the Cadavers” funerary practice in which the bodies of priests and candidates were seated in niches and allowed to decompose before burial. The idea being that this allowed for a gradual detachment from life on earth.

When the Sassi were abandoned during the 1960’s and 70’s, most of the religious art was stolen, but several stone altars, which could not be easily carried away, remain.

Written 28 September 2023
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Dierregi
Varese, Italy2,283 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Our hotel was located just next to this church and the staff recommended it as a must-see, being the only church in Matera almost completely excavated in the rocks.

You enter for a fee of 3 Euro and you can also get a cheaper ticket to visit other historic buildings. The church itself it’s as labyrinthine as the city, with plenty of small rooms and niches.

The creepiest part was the cellar, narrow, humid and a bit smelly, which in the past was used as a drying place for the bodies of dead clergy, that were left seated in niches in the wall, until the flesh was gone. The bones were then collect, as solid remains and proof of immortality.

Weir experience and cellar to be avoided if you are claustrophobic.
Written 25 September 2021
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX7,127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Dating back to the 12th century, St. Peter's is built over a cave complex that served as a repository for the dead. There are fascinating frescoes from the 15th century upon entering the church, representing several saints and the Annunciation. Open daily to visitors, but hours are much longer in the Summer than the Winter months. A token entrance fee is required; reduced fees apply to certain groups. A walking tour of the Sassi is probably the most efficient way to visit.
Written 20 November 2019
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sbizzle
Ludlow, UK1,492 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
In an even more subterranean area are carved rock ‘chairs’ where bodies would be left to drain and decompose! It was to prolong their time on earth, and they would be visited. Given that there are 50+ of these in different little rooms, it must have been a very strange environment!!
Otherwise the church is a nice example of a rock church - very spacious but fewer frescoes than some.
Written 21 October 2019
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Margaret S
Napier, New Zealand560 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We liked this smaller church (that was closer to the town than the big cathedral). It was moving seeing the very old part. But I hope that it stays the way it is by tourists respecting it.
Written 11 September 2019
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Brun066
Florence, Italy12,694 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
This church contributes powerfully (not alone in Matera of course) to give awareness of the ways of life in the past, not only in Matera, but in all the settlements carved into the rock.
First of all, it should be noted that this is a former church. In fact, it has been deconsecrated, and therefore it no longer has any sacred character.
The church, like most of the buildings into the "Sassi", featurs only a small part in masonry. The facade (and the beautiful bell tower) are the only part that is not carved into the rock. The interior therefore - for those coming from "normal" cities or houses - has the appearance of a well organized cave.
Another salient feature is the lack of works of art inside, apart from those of contemporary art that have recently been added to it. This is because, after the Italian law of 1952 which sanctioned the uninhabitability of 80% of the buildings in the "Sassi", the almost deserted city favored the activity of looters.
It is commonly said that the rock habitats, due to poor ventilation, were even more unhealthy than those (already rather unhealthy for our standards) of any pre-industrial habitat (it would suffice in this regard to read "The foul and the fragrant", 1986, by the historian French Alain Corbin, original edition 1983). In fact, the presence of animals and manure inside cave dwellings had to determine an unbearable olfactory environment for us.
In the churches there were no animals or manure; but on the other hand, until the beginning of the nineteenth century, there were burials, moreover generally badly closed, which determined the same effect.
And in some churches, as in this one, there were also in the underground the macabre spaces in which the corpses of the ecclesiastics were settled, seated, until their complete putrefaction.
In short, the visit to this church made me appreciate even more the time in which we live, and in which we can visit in perfect hygienic conditions some evocative testimonies such as this church.
Written 28 February 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy984 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Church of San Pietro Barisano, and the largest of those built inside the rocks and has a beautiful interior. Right above it is a nice viewpoint to see the Sassi.
Written 11 February 2019
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BookCentsBabe
181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
This church is in one of the best locations in Matera. It's on the larger side and the inside is quite lovely. I went to mass at this church during a holiday and it did not disappoint!
Written 3 December 2018
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NamasteHello
Harrogate, UK1,906 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
This is the one church you must see when visiting Matera. The crypt in particular where corpses were drained is an amazing sight and conjures up all sorts of historical pictures. The frescoes are also highly worth a visit. Its a bit off the tourist route but fond your way there. Your walk will be rewarded. Buy a ticket to visit two other churches for an all inclusive price. All worth the visit.
Written 26 September 2018
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Galaxy T
Sudbury, Canada360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Beautiful inside and worth the walk through. Note there will be people begging for money when you leave.
Written 17 September 2018
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