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Matera - troglodite town

A fantastic place. Above is the crucifixion setting for Mel Gibson's 2004 film 'The passion of Christ'. Forty years earlier, Pasolini also shot 'The Gospel According to St Matthew' at Matera. People lived in caves here until most of them were forcefully relocated in the 1950s by the Italian government. One of the poorest areas of Italy, but also one of the oldest, not many people can claim to live in the same houses as their ancestors did 9000 years ago. A settlement since the Palaeolithic period.

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marvelous way to capture the old city
John Prior: Thanks Chantal, it is a great place.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Jun 2011, 08:16
9000 years ago. OMG, John. I'd tremble in my shoes walking those streets. What a splendid overview. Will you be taking us in closer...I hope?
John Prior: Thanks Ginnie, yes more shots this week, to think that people lived with their livestock in the same caves up until the 1950s! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Jun 2011, 08:48
I really had to look long & hard at this before I even realised what it is. A terrific image
John Prior: Thanks Chris, more to come smile
There are cave villages in Spain as well, but not as old as this (as far as I know). The cave dwellings are amazing inside.
John Prior: Thanks Sheila, I suppose it made sense to use the easily worked rock, as at Kinver in England.
I would imagine the people who lived in them were quite upset to leave, it looks an absolute maze, great image John smile
John Prior: Yes they had to be forcefully removed, as conditions were unhealthy, living with livestock and in poverty, but old traditions die hard. Thanks Linda
What an experience to have a visit here. Thanks for bringing it.
John Prior: Certainly a place apart, easy to see how film makers could make it look biblical. Thanks Mary
The planners couldn't object about them not being in keeping with the area. lol. Fabulous shot John
John Prior: Indeed Janet, now where did I leave my spade smile
A great shot John and I look forward to seeing and hearing more about this place during the week.
John Prior: Thanks Brian, yes more to come smile
Amazing place, makes the cave houses at Kinver pale into insignificance!!
John Prior: Thanks Bill. I must visit Kinver smile
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 6 Jun 2011, 21:22
fascinating, love the textures and the details here.
John Prior: Thanks Otto, it was a great place.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 7 Jun 2011, 21:16
oh, my, what a crowded scene. amazing history here and so well photographed.
John Prior: Thank you Sherri.
Wow, impressive! We can't see the difference between rocks and houses! Nice view.
Have a nice day.

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