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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Michał Krzysztof Kur… on October 28, 2012

Very interesting profile. I like

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on October 29, 2012

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

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Carles G on November 3, 2012

Impressive view. Like. Best regards, Carles

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on November 5, 2012

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

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makis-GREECE ® on November 18, 2012

Εξαιρετική αποτύπωση!

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kovi53 - NO VIEWS on November 24, 2012

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Fred Quader on December 9, 2012

L 124, F 24, a great view.

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on December 20, 2012

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

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Ijaz Ahmad Mughal on January 27, 2013

Very beautiful and interesting. Like..Best greetings from Ijaz Ahmad

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on January 28, 2013

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Momocsi Takamaru on January 31, 2013

Good shooting,good quality !

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Konstantin Khrapko on March 2, 2013

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Remzi AYDIN on August 12, 2013

Beautiful image, very nice - LIKE - thanks for your visit, greetings from Turkey- Remzi Aydın.

christian caffin_No … on August 18, 2013

A so beautiful place and shot! I like it! Regards, Christian

BOGDAN de Varsovie on August 19, 2013

Fascinating scenery. Wonderful image.

LIKE 130 + YS 25.

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Bogdan

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on August 20, 2013

Thank you very much

Remzi Aydın... Christian... Bogdan...

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kovi53 - NO VIEWS on August 25, 2013

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kovi53 - NO VIEWS on October 18, 2013

Ciao Alberto! Penso: soldi, soldi, soldi! Io amo la meravigliosa Italia e il popolo italiano molto gentili.

Cordiali saluti, Viktor

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

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    • 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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