Sassi di Matera (The Location for Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ")

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The Location for Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ"

"Certain sections of the city are 2,000 years old, and the architecture, the blocks of stone, the surrounding areas and rocky terrain added a vista and backdrop that we used to create the backdrops for our lavish sets of Jerusalem. We relied heavily on the look that was there. In fact, the first time I saw it, I just went crazy, because it was so perfect." - Mel Gibson

The City

Matera counts about 55.000 inhabitants, is located 400 metres above sea level and is 45 km from the seaside. Much appreciated and renowned for its Sassi districts, the town also boasts other charming and beautiful buildings. You can visit the Dome, built in the 13th century, in Romanesque style, standing impressive on the Civita hill. The Civita dates back to medieval times and is to be considered as the first human settlement in the city as you can see from the walls and fortifications it is surrounded by.....

The Sassi

The Sassi district is the ancient heart of the city of Matera. The Sassi surround the Civita and constitute a city unto itself, completely carved out of the face of the calcareous rock -what is known as tufa stone. The Sassi district is a system made of dwellings carved out of the steep slopes of a deep valley with surprising and unusual features called the ‘Gravina’. Elegant and multi-faceted buildings are interspersed with underground mazes and cave labyrinths, forming one single stunning landscape....

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Comments (197)

Arturo C-53 on December 9, 2013

Impresionante toma de este bello lugar con unos comentarios muy interesantes LIKE. Un saludo, Arturo

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on December 15, 2013

Arturo, thanks a lot for your visit, kind comment and like vote. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

Bert Keegstra on January 2, 2014

Impressice place and shot!


Warm regards and best wishes for 2014,


Rodema on January 8, 2015

A impressive view, excellent picture!! YSL!! My best regards, Rodema.

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on January 10, 2015

Thank you very much

Bert... Rodema...

for your visits, kind comments, YS and like votes. Honour for me. Greetings, Viktor

Far lang on January 22, 2015

Very interesting image. FAV+LIKE. Greetings, Heinz.

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on January 24, 2015

Heinz, thanks a lot for your visit, kind comment, YS and like votes. Honour for me. Greetings, Viktor

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zhsv on February 16, 2015

| | Great !
• • Greetings from Minsk ! zhsv

Zygmunt Borowski on March 3, 2015

Nice photo, interesting place - like

Friendly greetings from Zygmunt

Hans_Pano Yes ! on April 6, 2015

Perfect presentation & information, dear Viktor! !!L&F!! Best greetings, Hans

Georgi B. Todorov on September 1, 2015

Interesting place!LIKE

Sirka on November 16, 2015

Very interesting!L144

Kati Alácsné on February 24, 2016

31/145 Nagyszerű, látványos. Üdv.: Kati

Hidrotelial on June 30

Amazing landscape! I love this place.

Amazing place to visit

Regalos originales on July 15

Que bonito

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  • Uploaded on May 6, 2012
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    by kovi53 - NO VIEWS
    • Camera: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2007/10/02 15:47:58
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