MuseumCrypt of the Original Sin

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A few kilometers from Matera, along the Appia Antica, in Pietrapenta, there is the oldest and most suggestive testimony of the rock art of Southern Italy: the Crypt of the Original Sin, a cave used as a church around the seventh century AD. by the Benedictine monks, completely frescoed by the skilful hand of the "Painter of the Flowers of Matera". Rediscovered in May 1963 by a group of young fans of Matera, from shelter for flocks The Crypt of the Original Sin has become one of the unmissable stops in the visit to the City of Stones. Defined the "Sistine Chapel" of rock wall painting for the cycle of frescoes depicting the theme of Creation and Original Sin, the Crypt "offers" in an innovative way to the visitor through an audio path supported by a "wise and discreet" intervention of light design that in revealing the artistic relevance of his illustrations tells the story, in a mix of emotions, spirituality and culture.

The area of ​​the Matera, we know, is rich in caves and various bumps caused by the particular shape of the ground. Well thanks to this characteristic, around the VII century AD, the territory of the Gravine area of ​​Picciano and Matera was affected by a great flow of monks coming from the Orient, in particular from the Holy Land, due to the iconoclasm spreading oil throughout the Mediterranean. Immediately after the sixties in this area the visitors were revealed, in all its splendor, one of the most evocative places in the south. It is a karstic cavity not far from Matera known as Cripta del Peccato Originale or Grotta dei Cento Santi due to the presence of numerous saints depicted. The crypt, overlooking a large rock with steep walls, is a testimony of rock art of inestimable value, as it plays an important role from the historical and artistic point of view thanks to the frescoes of Lombard-Benedictine style present within it.

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Production: Francesco Pinto
Technical collaboration: Marco Benedetto

The entry ticket is made online from the site

The times of access and to receive assistance contact the number +39 3203345323
from 15 to 31 March, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5.30 pm;
from April 1st to September 30th, from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am - 1.30pm / 4.00pm - 7.30pm;
from October 1st to March 14th, from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am - 1.30pm

- Raffaello de Ruggieri, 2012 - LA CRIPTA DEL PECCATO ORIGINALE A MATERA, pp. XVI + 98, Ed. Giuseppe Barile, Irsina (MT), ISBN: 9788885425736;
- Mario Tommaselli, 2002 - Guida alle chiese rupestri di Matera e del suo territorio, Ed.Capone (Cavallino, Lecce), ISBN-10: 888349038X

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  • Claudio

    4 out of 5 rating 09-18-2019

    ho potuto rivivere la bellissima esperienza fatta un mese fa visitando la cripta dal vero. Stupenda testimoniaza di catechesi dei monaci benedettini di preghiera e lavoro con le persone di quel tempo.

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