At a few kilometres from Matera, along the ancient Appian way, in one of the ravines that criss-cross the plateau of the Murgia, you find one of the most fascinating places in Southern Italy: The Crypt of the Original Sin, also known as the “Sistin Chapel” of the rupestrian wall painting.
In a rocky hollow overlooking the limestone cliff, the masterly hand of the "Painter of The Flowers of Matera" has narrated scenes from the Old and New Testament in a cycle of frescoes dating back to the 9th century. A. D.. of the rupestrian wall painting
Rediscovered back in May 1963 by a group of young enthusiasts of Matera, after giving shelter to herds, the visit to the Crypt of the Original Sin has become one of the most captivating tours while staying in the City of the Sassi. An exemplary restoration, wanted by the Foundation Zétema of Matera and realised with the help of the Higher Institute for Conservation and Restoration, has returned the extraordinary frescoes of the crypt to full fruition.
A guided tour through light and sound makes the visit to the Crypt of the Original Sin the perfect blend of emotion and culture.