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)

Finn Lyngesen flfoto… on May 24, 2012

Great colorful capture. A great view. LIKE :o)

Greetings. Finn.

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 25, 2012

Thank you very much

Paty... KhoiTran... Francesca... Manek... Finn...

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

Imre, nagyon szépen köszönöm kedves látogatásodat, megtisztelő elismerésedet, a kedvenc és a tetszik jelöléseket. Üdvözlettel, Viktor

janamare26 on May 26, 2012

Beautiful photo.Like.Thank you for info.Greetings,Mirjana

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 26, 2012

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

Greetings, Viktor

Uckermaerker G. on May 26, 2012

Fantastic place, very nice view! L

Best wishes,Günter.

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 27, 2012

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

Greetings, Viktor

Isse on May 27, 2012

Kedves Viktor,

Csak csodalni tudom, a helyet meg a fotodat is.


Udv. IC

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 28, 2012

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

Üdvözlettel, Viktor

Ivan Logvinov on May 29, 2012

Interesting view!
Best greetings from Russia!

Emil.S on May 29, 2012

like,greetings from Macedonia...

FPG24E on May 30, 2012

Nice shot. I like.


Jan Sognnes on May 30, 2012

Terrific view of the old city! Nice informations!


Greetings, Jan

Michael Sumerin on May 31, 2012

Yes you are right, very good place to Mel Gibson! Like. Michael.

vp_hmbg-PRO PANORAMI… on June 4, 2012

Tolles Motiv und gut gestzter Ausschnitt -like

Gruß aus hamburg


Kránitz József on June 4, 2012

Kedves Viktor! Micsoda különleges helyeken jártál! Egymás után kerülnek elő ezek a fantasztikus hegyi falvak! LIKE+YS! Látom te is szereted az eldugott helyeket! Üdv: K.J.

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on June 7, 2012

Józsi, nagyon szépen köszönöm kedves látogatásodat, megtisztelő elismerésedet és a csillagokat. Üdvözlettel, Viktor

Thank you very much

Ivan... Emil... Felipe... Jan... Michael... Volker...

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

Péter Farkas on June 9, 2012

Fantasztikus látvány !

Like üdvözletem,Peter

Seima I on June 10, 2012

Amazing place!! Super shot!!


Greetings from Japan,SEIMA

Dumbrava Laur on June 11, 2012

Wonderful picture of very beautiful place!


Bach Quatre on June 11, 2012

Beautiful photo. Like.

Greetings, Ernesto.

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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
    • 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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