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)

Mircea_RAICU on May 13, 2012

Really beautiful shot , very good looking indeed !
Best wishes , Mircea R.

Imre Lakat on May 13, 2012

Szép fotó Viktor !

Tetszik !

üdv , Imre

Cemil özkan on May 13, 2012

Fantastic!!!!LGreetings from TurkeyCemil

Roman Zázvorka on May 13, 2012

Very beautiful photo, beautiful view of the old houses. LIKE. Kind regards and nice evening from Czech Republic . Roman

jégvirág on May 14, 2012

Fantasztikus látvány !



Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on May 14, 2012

Lenyűgöző látvány és remek fotó !

Nagyon tetszik !

Baráti üdvözletem,Natuska

Ityen on May 14, 2012

Én is csak azt tudom mondani, nagyon különleges fotó, nagyon különleges hely...Tetszik!

Üdv. Ityen

Stathis Chionidis on May 14, 2012

Unique place and nice shot my friend Viktor.LIKE.Stathis

Francine Verweij-Ban… on May 15, 2012

Wonderful historic place. Great capture. LIKE


Cri Photo on May 15, 2012

Wonderful image!! Interesting place. YSL. Greetings from Sweden Cri

dziwnowik on May 15, 2012


♥ ♥ ♥ Pozdrowienia z Dziwnowa , Peterek ♥ ♥ ♥

dodaj do grupy 7 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

行者无路 on May 16, 2012

Very nice shot !!! Like

Thanks you for sharing !!!

Best greetings from China !行者无路

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 16, 2012

Thank you very much

Mircea... Cemil... Roman... Stathis... Francine... Cri... Peter... 行者无路...

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

Nagyon szépen köszönöm

Imre... Virág... Natuska... Ityen...

kedves látogatásotokat, megtisztelő elismeréseteket és a tetszik jelöléseket. Üdvözlettel, Viktor

hschwe on May 16, 2012

Perfektes Foto, Viktor!:) LIKE 10 Alles Gute aus Deutschland, Helmut

Bartolomeo “passione… on May 16, 2012

Bellissima composizione


Ciao Viktor

Manek Taolin on May 16, 2012

Beautiful city!


Best regards from Indonesia

Mel Figueroa on May 19, 2012

muy bonita foto hermosa vista amigo Viktor me gusta

  • Like 70

Recibe saludos cordiales, Mel

BernardJ47 on May 19, 2012

Like70. Hi.Viktor. Piękne ujęcie. Niesamowite miejsce. Pozdrowienia z Polski. Bernard

Bert Keegstra on May 19, 2012

Beautiful shot and well chosen place for this impressive film!


Warm regards from Holland,


sistuccio on May 20, 2012

LIKE for this beutiful shot and vision Kovi!!!Ciao,Dino

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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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