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 (194)

pál zsamboki on May 9, 2012

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

MuhSaPo - Muhammet S… on May 9, 2012

Beautiful place best wishes L+F

T-Doki on May 9, 2012

Maga a látvány nem tudom tetszik-e, illetve inkább úgy mondanám, hogy nem élnék itt, de mint fotó nagyon tetszik. T-38. Palinak igaza van.

Üdv: Attila

"Tárt ajtóval" várlak albumomban...

Akbar&Armaghan Nouri on May 9, 2012

beautiful photo





Mehmet Güçlü on May 10, 2012

Hello dear Viktor.

An interesting image. Nice view and shot. YSL

Best wishes, OLYMPIST

Slava S on May 10, 2012

Very nice composition! LIKE.

Greetings from Russia, Slava

romulus111 on May 11, 2012

Pięknie pokazana Matera Super photo like Greetings from Poland Romulus

slawonir on May 11, 2012

Beautiful photography, great place! LIKE.

Best regards and thank you for your visit and kind words, Slawek

Faintlightofdawn on May 11, 2012

what a place, mesmerizing sight, liked, best wishes, Fai

Arolldo Costa on May 11, 2012

Bela foto!!! Um abraço e bom fim de semana. Arolldo

Eliton Sloma on May 11, 2012

Excelente foto. Muito bonita.

Belo registro. Like

Saudações Eliton,Brasil.

zafiro-rubi on May 11, 2012

Beautiful city view kovi53. Like. Warm regards, Zafiro-Rubí

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 12, 2012

Nagyon szépen köszönöm

Pali... Attila...

kedves látogatásotokat, az üzeneteket és a tetszik jelöléseket. Üdvözlettel, Viktor

Thank you very much

MuhSaPo... Akbar&Armaghan Nouri... OLYMPIST... Slava... Tonia... Moorteufel... Romulus... Slawek... Fai... Anonymous sentencia... Eliton... Zafiro...

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

Kostia Semytskyi on May 12, 2012

Nice photo

MAPP HUDRANS on May 12, 2012

Beautiful view, very nice photo, like..... :)

All the best, Magdalena

Leo W on May 12, 2012

execellent shot, fine cut of details view.


best wishes, Leo

A..W.. on May 12, 2012

Very nice. LIKE Greetings

t.mam on May 12, 2012

Fantasztikus hely és fantasztikus fotó róla! Üdv.: Marcsi

nino evola on May 13, 2012

Very nice view of the wonderful city landscape


A dear greetings from italy


kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 13, 2012

Marcsi, nagyon szépen köszönöm kedves látogatásodat és megtisztelő elismerésedet. A hely valóban fantasztikus. Üdvözlettel, Viktor

Thank you very much

Kostia... Magdalena... Leo... Anton... Nino...

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

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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
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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