Matera has gained international fame for its ancient town, the "Sassi di Matera" (meaning "stones of Matera"). 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 calcareous rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Apulia. 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
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carlo62 (23738) 2012-06-12 15:02
gran bella foto, il POV schiaccia il panorama che diventa un'enorme distesa di costruzioni monocromatiche.
divail (8266) 2012-06-12 15:05
Toutes ces pierres, c'est impressionnant. Il manque un peu de végétation pour que j'y sois à l'aise, mais j'aime beaucoup la composition. La définition de l'image est intéressante, on dirait presque un tableau. La petite route sinueuse nous fait traverser le paysage.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4748) 2012-06-12 18:24
Your POV creates an impressive graphical effect which really catches the attention of your viewers. I really liked the compact scene and how these houses were built very close to each other. As to the image itself, IMHO, I think it was squeezed not proportionally, maybe stretching a little bit of the image to the the sides would do. The HDR treatment is also visible which I find unnatural highlighting of the shadowed areas. Regardless of the comments, still a beautiful contribution here in TE. TFS
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-06-12 18:54
This is a wonderful capture. I like that it has no sky and is totally buildings and road. The earth coloured pallet makes it a very harmonious piece. Nicely composed.
Wanda1 (14654) 2012-06-13 2:01
A great impression of this little town with it's monotone cube houses. love the little winding street going through the composition too, nice view.
m00n (2259) 2012-06-13 8:50
I love this type of composition ...
coulors, shapes, lines ...
beautiful work with great sensitivity and great atmosphere!
rbassin (15066) 2012-06-13 13:26
Une très belle photo, la vision est superbe avec la route qui serpente entre les maisons.
lilito (3458) 2012-06-14 4:33
Je trouve impresinante cette image, j'aurais seulement augmenté un peu le contraste pour donner un peu plus de relief à l'ensemble.
BennyV (13378) 2012-06-19 12:36
Heel mooie reeks uit het mooie (en lekkere) Puglia. Dit is het meest opvallende shot. Prachtig hoe de weg het beeld inkronkelt en dan onderaan plots lijkt te verdwijnen.
- Copyright: Kris Verhoeven (verswe) (7320)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-03-10
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon P7100
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-06-12 14:31