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RUPESTRIAN CHURCHES OF PUGLIA AND THE CITY OF MATERA

RUPESTRIAN CHURCHES OF PUGLIA AND THE CITY OF MATERA
Puglia and Matera, Italy
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BACKGROUND

In 1464, Pope Paul II gave the Ciminelli family his blessing to enhance the church of San Pietro Barisano in the I Sassi district of Matera, the northernmost province in the Puglia region of Italy. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

After decades of deterioration, the Puglian rock-hewn churches, including San Pietro Barisano, needed major restorations before they could function again and support congregations. World Monuments Fund placed the rock-hewn churches and the city of Matera on the Watch in 1998, hoping to raise awareness for the sites and their conservation needs.

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WHY IT MATTERS

For centuries, the citizens of Matera were buried in the network of underground chambers, ossuaries, and catacombs beneath San Pietro Barisano. For a long period of time, the church was the city’s only cemetery and as such holds a wealth of archaeological and epigraphic information about the history and culture of Matera. (...)