Matera represents the paradigm of neglected architecture, characterized by the rock settlement where a special stratigraphy of hypogeal voids is created that overlaps the built subdivo: the rocky bench is at the same time the basis for constructed structures and the basin supply of raw material for construction. (F. Sogliani)

The city excavated in the rock

Matera, the European Capital of Culture 2019, projected to the future, is a chest that guards many treasures of the past. The charm of the city of Sassi is represented by its millenary history and the features of the city “dug into the rock”.

This is the particular karst environment that has led to the natural formation of wolves and graves, who has developed the well-known rock settlement throughout history. The Ipogeo Materasum is a wonderful example of an underground environment excavated in tufaceous rock brought to light thanks a careful conservative restoration.

An underground world

Along with the many well-known wonders of the city (rock churches, settlement in the Sassi, cisterns), a unique and different charm takes on the hypogean city, unicum represented by Ipogeo Materasum, which allows you to visit part of what is defined as “an extraordinary schedule of layering settlements, which start in very remote ages.”  Excavated places in the rock, ancient houses with openings to light and let the air come in, in which we can imagine the daily life of the “hypogean civilization”. A fascinating journey into space and time that will take you to the under belly of Matera one of the oldest cities in the world.