Matera is the city of the Sassi, the charming ancient districts, which are an example of a unique and complex urban structure and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Matera is also host to over 100 rock churches, a testimony of the Greek-Byzantine Monastic civilizations which held a significant influence.
It is the city of art and folklore, and is considered to be one of the most ancient settlements in the world due to it being continuously inhabited by man from the Palaeolithic.

The Sassi were inhabited until the 50s, now some of them are being turned into luxury apartments.

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