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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kovi53 - NO VIEWS on June 12, 2012

Peter, nagyon szépen köszönöm kedves látogatásodat, megtisztelő elismerésedet és a tetszik jelölést. Üdvözlettel, Viktor

Thank you very much

SEIMA... Laur... Ernesto...

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

Guia NO Views thanks on June 12, 2012

Muy buena representacion.

行者无路 on June 12, 2012

非常好的拍摄 !!! Very nice shot !!!

好照片 , 我喜欢 !!! Great photos, I like !!!

感谢分享 !!! Thanks you for sharing !!!

Best greetings from China !行者无路

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on June 13, 2012

Thank you very much

Guia arquitectura... 行者无路...

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

Greetings, Viktor

Adriana Bruno on June 13, 2012

LIKE, fantastica ripresa! Adriana

Manek Taolin on June 14, 2012

Beautiful city!

LIKE + FAVORITE

Grażyna Anna Kondrac… on June 15, 2012

Beautiful place, very well captured !

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on June 17, 2012

Grazie Adriana, per la visita, commento e Lk. Saluti, Viktor

Thank you very much

Manek... Anna...

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

Haggs on June 17, 2012

Amazing location and history Like

Albrecht H. on June 20, 2012

Fantastic place, nice capture!!

LIKE 103 & YS 19

My best wishes - A.

JO Cervantes D on June 20, 2012

Incredible shot! L+F

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on June 20, 2012

Thank you very much

Haggs... Albrecht... JO Cervantes D...

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

Greetings, Viktor

Omar Gobbi on June 20, 2012

a great shot, a beautiful picture, <LIKE>, best regards from Argentina. "Omar"

pembo VIEWS? - NEVER… on June 25, 2012

A very beautiful view and photo - L106!

Kind regards, pembo from Kiel

amadeus2050 on June 25, 2012

Very beautiful place. LIKE. Best regards.

amadeus2050.

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on June 25, 2012

Thank you very much

Omar... Pembo... Amadeus...

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

Greetings, Viktor

Petros Kalaitzis on June 29, 2012

Great Picture!!! LIKE + YS. Greetings, Petros

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on June 29, 2012

Petros, thanks a lot for your visit, kind comment, YS and like votes. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

Shaun Thomason on June 30, 2012

Another amazing place!! lk

hlegallais on June 30, 2012

Belle vue, like, Hervé

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Photo taken in Parco della Murgia Materana, Via Sette Dolori, 10, 75100 Matera Matera, Italy

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