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)

Achiper on May 7, 2012

Spectacular aerial view of this interesting place.
Well done, LIKE

Farkas István on May 7, 2012

Kedves Viktor! Remekül néz ki,és nagyon TETSZIK. Üdv,István.

Adem Dogan on May 7, 2012

Hello my dear Friend Viktor, Mega Image Composition with Great View and Amazing Perspective.

L 22 + F 5

Cheers and Best wishes, Adem Dogan

Hadi Natureboy (Saba… on May 7, 2012

Very beautiful view dear friend Viktor

Perfect shot! Like

Greetings and thanks for sharing.

Haris A. on May 7, 2012

WoW...beautiful photo....amazing view over the city and wonderful colors


Best wishes ...


kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 7, 2012

Thank you very much

Achiper... Adem... Sababoy... Haris...

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

István, nagyon szépen köszönöm kedves látogatásodat, megtisztelő elismerésedet és a tetszik jelölést. Üdvözöllek, Viktor

Tivadar Preisz on May 7, 2012

--------Kedves!kovi53, kedvencem szia:)))!

------------Jó nézegetni a "Képet" van mit szemügyre venni, nagyon tetszik:))!

-----------------Sok szia, Neked!Viktor, megint:))!


Giorgi 1971 on May 7, 2012

Hello, Viktor

Very interesting view and photo! Like! Best regards from Georgia. Gio

Bernard Janowski on May 7, 2012

Like26. Piękne i ciekawe ujęcie. Pozdrawia Bernard

Mojzer László on May 7, 2012

Kedves Viktor Barátom! Ezek az Olasz képek!!!! Nagyon szépek!!! Üdvözöllek: Laci L+F

Hello Viktor, Very nice and unique view. ♣ L ♣ > All the best from Iran, Mahdi

Roman Zázvorka on May 7, 2012

Fantastic photo, beautiful shot. I give LIKE. With best wishes and nice evening from the Czech Republic. Roman

Reiner Vogeley on May 7, 2012

Impressive shot and beautiful photo. ღ like ღ 32

Best regards, Reiner

Lucien Kivit on May 7, 2012

Impressive view.Excellent shot and beautiful colours, LIKE, regards from Belgium, Lucien

Francisco “Francisco… on May 7, 2012

A great shot ¡¡. Interesting place.



MAYAAMON on May 8, 2012


J.T.H on May 8, 2012

Nagyon szép a táj, Viktor, kitűnő a fotód róla!


Minden jót: Tamás

Garzer on May 8, 2012

Very nice shot!Like 36! Greetings, Klaus

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 8, 2012

Nagyon szépen köszönöm

Tivadar... Laci... Tamás...

kedves látogatásotokat, megtisztelő elismeréseteket és a csillagokat. Üdvözlettel, Viktor

Thank you very much

Gio... Bernard... Antoni... Mahdi... Roman... Reiner... Lucien... Francisco... Klaus...

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

pál zsamboki on May 9, 2012

Megérdemli, hogy 2 nap alatt ekkora a nézettsége! Üdv: Pali

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    by kovi53 - NO VIEWS
    • Camera: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
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