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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EdwardTurJ on July 1, 2012

Wonderful view!
Greetings from Czernowitz in Ukraine, Edward

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on July 1, 2012

Thank you very much

Shaun... Hervé... Edward...

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

Greetings, Viktor

Maziyar Heydari on July 9, 2012

Wonderful Place LIKE

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on July 16, 2012

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

Greetings, Viktor

acusticalennon on July 17, 2012

Bonito lugar, Like, saludos cordiales

Manek Taolin on July 17, 2012

Beautiful city!

Like, Fav

Greetings

Manek Taolin

csorszfoto on July 19, 2012

Nagyon jó!

Üdv.

warabi hatogaya on July 21, 2012

A wonderful visionary view!

dana ciszewska on July 26, 2012

Fantastic place.L.Greetings.Dana

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on July 28, 2012

Thank you very much

acusticalennon... Manek... warabihatogaya... Dana...

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

csorszfoto, nagyon szépen köszönöm kedves látogatásodat és megtisztelő elismerésedet. Üdvözlettel, Viktor

Very good photo! Like!

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on July 29, 2012

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

Greetings, Viktor

REmiasz on August 6, 2012

Wonderful image LIKE 118 Greetings Remek.

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on August 11, 2012

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

Greetings, Viktor

Jesus Miguel Ballero… on September 24, 2012

beautiful pic

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nice place

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on September 28, 2012

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

Greetings, Viktor

Pantelis65 on September 29, 2012

Beautiful picture and view. Like greetings Pantelis

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on October 1, 2012

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

Greetings, Viktor

andrecorra on October 14, 2012

It's a really unbelievable place, I was there two weeks ago for a few hours but I wish to get there again!

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on October 16, 2012

andrecorra, thanks a lot for your visit and very kind message. I agree with you, this place it's a really unbelievable!!

Greetings, Viktor

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

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