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Ethics - Hidden Matera: the archaeological sites and rock churches

Matera, Italy

3rd September 2021

2:30 to 4:00 pm

Finding a rough diamond in a rock, or a pearl in an expanse of salt water is a very difficult task. The same can be said for Matera, the city of stones, so called sassi, whose value was obscured by a past of penalization. Just like a hidden jewel that is unearthed, Matera has managed over the years to emerge and shine as a cultural heritage, up to being nominated as a European city of culture 2019. The event proved to be an indispensable tool for the transformation and enhancement of the face of the city. With the promotion of previously invisible routes and sites and the recovery of the city that become much more than a museum but a living city.


Live streaming from Casa Cava auditorium

  • Rupestrian churches
  • Villaggio trincerato
  • Jazzo gattini
  • National Museum of Matera – Palazzo Lanfranchi


Ethics, Hidden Matera: the archaeological sites and rock churches

Jazzo Gattini

Old sheepfold from the 19th century completely renovated.
Located in Murgia Timone, a panoramic area in front of the Sassi of Matera and very representative of the entire protected area.
It is a rectangular masonry structure with areas reserved for animals, the shepherd’s house, and the room for processing milk.
The structure is slightly sloping to facilitate the drainage of sewage.

Rock churches

Founded in the early Middle Ages, they are buildings carved into the rock. Initially they were born as religious structures, but over time they undergo various transformations of use, from homes to shelters for animals. They represent an important testimony of the presence of communities of Benedictine, Longobard and Byzantine monks.
The Rock Churches often contain frescoes and sculptural elements which, in addition to the decorative function, led to prayer and contemplation. They represent the highest expression of rock art.

Lanfranchi Palace

Lanfranchi palace is the expression of the seventeenth-century period in Matera.
Designed and built between 1668 and 1672, it is the meeting point between the modern city and the ancient “Rioni Sassi” which means neighborhood of stones that recently entered the UNESCO cultural heritage.
Since 6 May 2003, it is the seat of the National Museum of Medieval and Modern Art of Basilicata.
The building articulates its rooms on four levels, each of them accommodates different functions of the museum.

Con il patrocinio della Città di Matera