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Chiesa del Purgatorio

Via Domenico Ridola, 75100, Matera, Italy
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Very Interesting church

This is one of the many interesting churches in Matera. It's easy to find. The building itself is... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2017
Alec D
Seattle, Washington
Unusual church

We weren't sure initially why the church had all the skulls and skeletons etc but were then told it... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2017
Nuala T
N Ireland
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“unique church” (2 reviews)
“baroque style” (2 reviews)
“skulls” (15 reviews)
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Via Domenico Ridola, 75100, Matera, Italy
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

This is one of the many interesting churches in Matera. It's easy to find. The building itself is very unique, with bones/skulls in the facade.

Thank Alec D
Reviewed 7 October 2017

We weren't sure initially why the church had all the skulls and skeletons etc but were then told it was associated with purgatory. Worth a visit due to the unusualness of the place.

Thank Nuala T
Reviewed 20 August 2017

A truly unique church in this city of churches Very different imagery and interior Well worth the visit

Thank hayesone
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Intrigued by the facade that included skulls we went inside and were surprised by the impressive interior. Built in 18th century, church is Baroque style and the facade represents the Death and Redemption of the Souls. Easy to spot as it's located on the main...More

Thank KrisD_pl
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

There are thousands of churches in Italy & after a while it can seem like overload. However, the Church of Purgatory offers something completely different. Skulls in pontiff hats, crowns & tiaras decorate the doors, and death/crossbone images are found throughout. IMO it is certainly...More

1  Thank Jewel236
Reviewed 14 July 2016

The church is dedicated to Purgatory and so the decorations outside are skeletons and bones--interesting. It is th eonly church I have been in where there is a place for lighting candles for the living and a different place for candles for the dead. It...More

Thank Leianne C
Reviewed 25 June 2016

Walking past the Church of Purgatory commands your attention, due to the macabre images of skulls and skeletons. In this wonderful city of rupestrian churches, sadly the ‘normal’ churches get a little left behind and this beautiful church, merits seeking out in its own right....More

2  Thank KTGP
Reviewed 21 June 2016

This church is part of the baroque section of Matera and has a unique facade representing a bishop's headgear ("mitre"). The facade is interesting and decked out in skulls and crossbones.

Thank kmunger
Reviewed 20 June 2016

You will find skeleton carvings on the outside of this church. It is located on Via Ridola in Matera. The construction began in 1725. The baroque church is about redeeming one's soul. Inside you will find a Greek cross, plastered walls, an organ, paintings, a...More

Thank Outofdodge_10
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

This church was an unexpected surprise. Very cool exterior and super photogenic. I recommend a visit as you wander around this wonderful town.

Thank himawari1970
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