The monastic complex of Madonna delle Virtù and San Nicola dei Greci

The large monastic complex of Madonna delle Virtù e San Nicola dei Greci, is one of the most important examples of what is known as ‘negative space architecture’ and is used as a venue for prestigious contemporary art exhibitions. It is worth mentioning the Chiesa di Santa Barbara, a rock church consisting of 3 spaces: narthex, presbytery and apse. The exterior features some ancient tombs carved out of the rock.

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Rock Church Santa Lucia alle Malve

Chiese rupestri

Many of the rock churches within the Sassi districts can be visited. Santa Lucia alle Malve, located inside a monastery of Benedictine nuns, had been a place of worship until 1283. The interior boasts frescoes of great historical-artistic value.

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The Cripta del Peccato Originale (Crypt of the Original Sin)

Chiese rupestri

Outside the city, in Pietrapenta, lies the Cripta del Peccato Originale (Crypt of the Original Sin), known as the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of rock-hewn churches. The Crypt is decorated with mural paintings of the Benedictine-Beneventan style, dating back to the 8th-9th centuries AD. An extraordinary cycle of frescoes which depicts, among others, episodes of the Creation and the Original Sin.

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