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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Bassam Jayousi on May 6, 2012

Amazing place, great shot. Like

Best wishes, Bassam

poludziber on May 6, 2012

Un posto molto suggestivo, bellissima foto

longdistancer on May 6, 2012

Amazing! L#4

Bermard Agulo on May 6, 2012

Impressive photo!

F1 + L5

best wishes,


patano on May 6, 2012

I like this beautiful shot,

very good enquadre and nice view !

Congratulations, you earned my


Warm greetings from Paolo.

Have a nice day !

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motorhand on May 6, 2012

Impressive view !

Janusz Kulik on May 6, 2012

Witam!!..Piękna fotografia ,piękny widok i kolory!!!LIKE.Pozdrawiam,Janusz

Dr.Azzouqa on May 6, 2012

Beautiful place.

Excellent shot.


Best wishes from Jordan.


Alireza Javaheri on May 6, 2012
  • Excellent view, like! - Best regards A-J
Jarda cz on May 6, 2012

LIKE - Interesting and beautiful shot, nice photo - greetings from the Czech Republic for Kovi53 - Jaroslav

Thanasis Germanos on May 6, 2012

It's very nice photo. LIKE Greetings and best wishes Thanasis

Jörg R. on May 6, 2012

You present a wonderful cut , Viktor !


Best wishes , Willy

乾龍 on May 7, 2012

Good photography and beautiful colors

I like

Best wishes from Taiwan


Sathy on May 7, 2012

Különleges építkezési mód, nagyszerüen szerkesztett fotó!

Bejelöltem kedvenc-nek is. Tetszik

Üdv, Sathy

really nice photo. like Kosmas

Yves Faucon on May 7, 2012

Jolie capture. J'aime et favorise. Amicalement. Yves.

Heinz Peierl on May 7, 2012

Schönes Foto


Viele Grüße von der Mosel


kurt Oblak on May 7, 2012

Fabelhaftes Bild,like 19,gruß KURT

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 7, 2012

Thank you very much

Scarulu... Bassam... longdistancer... Bernardo... Paolo... motorhand... Janusz... Mustafa... Alireza... Jaroslav... Thanasis... Willy... Qianlong... abraxas_aut... Kosmas... Yves... Heinz... Kurt...

for your visit, kind comments, XS and like votes. Honour for me. Greetings, Viktor

Grazie mille, Flavio. Ciao, Viktor

Sathy, nagyon szépen köszönöm kedves látogatásodat, megtisztelő elismerésedet és a csillagokat. Ezek a hegyoldalban kialakított barlanglakások valóban különlegesek, napjainkban igyekeznek megmenteni őket a teljes pusztulástól. Üdvözlette, Viktor

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    • Camera: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
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