The Sassi of Matera

The Sassi of Matera are a living testimony of human perseverance and innovation. The ancient districts of Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano, with buildings and caves carved into soft limestone rock, create a unique and inspiring architecture that leaves a lasting impression on visitors. The natural landscape and the rock formations that emerge between the buildings make the Sassi a visually stunning masterpiece that has been admired for millennia. But the Sassi are much more than a beautiful spectacle. They represent a cultural heritage that has been continuously inhabited since prehistoric times, adapting to changing times and circumstances. Despite the challenges that led to their evacuation in the 1950s, the Sassi have managed to survive and thrive. Through a powerful combination of community action and government intervention, the Sassi were revitalized and restored to their former glory. In recognition of their cultural and historical significance, the Sassi were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

The Sassi di Matera are the material and spiritual testament of generations who over the centuries with creativity, intelligence and tenacity have created a unique city in the world. They are an inspiration for future generations to appreciate and preserve their cultural legacy.

Sasso Caveoso, Matera

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