Sassi di Matera
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The Sassi di Matera (meaning "stones of Matera") are prehistoric cave dwellings in the Italian city of Matera, Basilicata. Situated in the old town, they are composed of the Sasso Caveoso and the later Sasso Barisano.
The "Sassi" grew in the area of Murgia Plateau, extended between Apulia and Basilicata.
Matera has gained international fame for its "Sassi". The Sassi originate from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy .
The Sassi are houses dug into the tuff rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Puglia. Many of these "houses" are really only caverns, and the streets in some parts of the Sassi often are located on the rooftops of other houses. The ancient town grew in height on one slope of the ravine created by a river that is now a small stream. The ravine is known locally as "la Gravina".
In the 1950s, the government of Italy forcefully relocated most of the population of the Sassi to areas of the developing modern city. However, people continued to live in the Sassi, and according to the English Fodor's guide:
Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be still living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago.
Until the late 1980s this was considered an area of poverty, since these houses were, and in most areas still are, mostly unlivable. Current local administration, however, has become more tourism-oriented, and has promoted the re-generation of the Sassi with the aid of the European Union, the government, UNESCO, and Hollywood. Today there are many thriving businesses, pubs, and hotels.
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Gerrit (50982) 2011-09-16 0:34
wonderful old town in the warm sunlight and excellent view. The shaded foreground provides the necessary depth without dominating the photo.Well done.
bayno (18344) 2011-09-16 1:20
Ciao Silvio, questa immagine mi piace molto, ottima gestione della luce e il punto di scatto, super interessante il posto, molto buona la profondità di campo, un caro saluto, valter
dkmurphys (52707) 2011-09-16 1:59
A splendid composition here. That city is just amazing. I've always said that Italy is the most beautiful country of Europe!
Well catch, enjoy a fine weekend.
RhodieIke (11742) 2011-09-16 2:05
Hi Silvio, Super light you have here of this houses scene,Super church dominating the right sky, Well done, have a nice day, Cheers Iain.
limielski (0) 2011-09-16 2:18
Ciao mio amico Silvio!
An untypical architecture, which gives the some kind of the rythm. Splendid composition showing the beauty of Italy. I like this shot.
JFS (32459) 2011-09-16 3:45
Wonderful composition of these amazing façades, the whole ensemble of houses is impressive. good light management, I like tha play of shadows that stands out the image.
snunney (89960) 2011-09-16 3:53
A beautifully lit composition of this attractive old town. The church tower is well placed and makes an excellent focal point. Lovely colour contrasts and superb sharpness.
lousat (82572) 2011-09-16 4:02
Ciao Silvietto,stavolta la pendenza va dalla parte opposta ed e' una bella svolta,una vera rarita' nella tua gallery,quasi come le farfalle di quest'anno....ma quelle sono un'altra cosa qualitativamente parlando...ehehe..comunque un bel lavoro ed un luogo stupendo.Buona giornata,Luciano
francio64 (39708) 2011-09-16 4:20
una piacevole panoramica su Matera.
Appropriato il titolo, data la situazione.
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-09-16 5:19
Ola Silvio ,
Belo contrastes entre o primeiro plano em sombra e o plano de fundo iluminado, magnifica esta vila com estes edifícios antigos , gostei muito dos detalhes de arquitectura , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
polpo56 (15136) 2011-09-16 5:30
in effetti la linea delle ombre crea una curiosa suddivisione dell'immagine... curioso il contrasto tra i tetti in ombra e le facciate in piena luce.
faletiz (10759) 2011-09-16 5:56
bellissima! Il fascino di questa foto sta nella zona in ombra in primo piano che fa risaltare ancora di più la luminosa bellezza di questa città. Bellissima inquadratura e splendidi colori, bravo!
DjoleEric (0) 2011-09-16 6:07
Beautiful and preofesionalna photos.
A good display of colors and sharpness.
Have a nice day.
Sergiom (67438) 2011-09-16 6:26
Voila la raison pour laquelle tant de touristes visitent l'Italie année après années. Ces villages construits à flancs de collines sont magnifiques.
Sonata11 (33697) 2011-09-16 6:58
indeed, light and shadows are an excellently manage. The architecture on thid picture look fabulous. I love this composition and framing. Wonderful colors, sharpness, an excellent clarity of details, POV and DOF are great too. Perfectly well
All the best,
Cricri (111403) 2011-09-16 9:15
Intéressant comme les bâtiments de ce village sont de même couleur, juste le bleu du ciel qui ce contraste avec une superbe lumière, très belle présentation mon ami
Fis2 (90015) 2011-09-16 12:34
A very, very interesting architecture.
Good POV and composition.
I like colors and light.
Have a nice weekend
Budapestman (82620) 2011-09-16 13:06
a beautiful view with spectacular composition, great details and lights, the POV is superb, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
siamesa (27763) 2011-09-16 13:48
Boa noite Silvio
Very nice composition of these houses and the fantastic sky.a magnificent point of view. Very well done, my friend.
giorgimer (34935) 2011-09-16 14:41
meravigliosa, ottimo il gioco luci/ombre, bella composizione
adores (40990) 2011-09-16 16:06
Another good one of this city! I like the pov and the inclusion of these roofs in foreground, as well as the sunlight reflecting on the houses and church.
npecanhuk (70034) 2011-09-16 18:03
Very interesting urban environmet!
Certainly a place to be lost, just enjoying the local life!
Truly attractive picture with special regards to the chosen pov, horizontal format and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Atousa (7131) 2011-09-16 22:14
Great play of light n shadow on this old architecture.. the church is well placed in the framing.. a fine composition; very well captured.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
jjcordier (79014) 2011-09-16 23:25
Beau cadrage de ce joli village très bien éclairé. J'ai un petit doute sur la présence des toits dans l'ombre au premier plan?
emka (86455) 2011-09-16 23:53
Another photo of matera, Excellent photo in warm light, with a wonderful play of shadows. amazing vkiew , all houses just the same colours, so densely one after the other.
have a nice weekend
jhm (144268) 2011-09-17 0:35
We see Matera on a extraordinarily way, truly in a nice panorama view.
Good contrast with the shadows in foreground.
Depth and perspective are excellent taken.
Sharpness and clarity be superb. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
vasilpro (41099) 2011-09-17 1:08
Wonderful composition, interesting architecture, excellent POV, beautiful colors and contrast, lovely light management, TFS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
elkab (4951) 2011-09-17 3:47
Amazing composition of old town with superb light management. Fantastic city and its scenery. Very moody colors and super sharpness of details
COSTANTINO (59883) 2011-09-18 0:46
Bella composizione Architettonica ,
da un posto che ho visitato pure io,e mi piacce tanto,
ottima gestione della luce,
Buona domenica e tanti cari saluti,
maria-v1981 (10932) 2011-09-18 5:22
Excellent capture of such beautiful and intricate architecture. Great lightning with the shadows providing depth.
Have a nice week,
siolaw (38292) 2011-09-21 6:33
Che posto! Bellissimo villaggio nella luce, con i tetti di tegole del primo piano danno un idea di distanzia.
Si possono vedere tanti dettagli.
Miguel82 (26541) 2015-02-10 8:16
Stunning view on Matera taken from a roof or a window Silvio, bright idea to showcase that unique architecture