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 (193)

Natmara on November 4, 2013

Bonjour et like Viktor, pour votre intéressante photo.

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on November 25, 2013

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

Greetings, Viktor

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

BertKg 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



zhsv on February 16

| | Great !
• • Greetings from Minsk ! zhsv

Zygmunt Borowski on March 3

Nice photo, interesting place - like

Friendly greetings from Zygmunt

Hans - PANO YES ! on April 6

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

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Photo taken in Parco della Murgia Materana, Via Sette Dolori, 10, 75100 Matera MT, Italy

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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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