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The presenter provided an inclusive description of this area from its history, inhabitants' characteristics, geographic highlights, and current status. This city of stones with awesome and cave houses was amazing to view. Loved the introductory aerial view of Matera so one could get a bird's eye view. Was fascinating to view the inside of a cave home--how people lived there in unsanitary conditions even with their donkey and with little light except from a door and sometimes a window. Maria gave listeners a tour of 3 key churches, discussed an important celebration annually, and showed the various rock churches on the other side of the Gavina canyon. Of note was the number of movies that shot scenes over the years in Matera. I had known of this Basilicata region's treasure from tour company brochures but now I know more about it. Hope to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site someday. If not, I certainly know more now.
Loved the seminar. I was in Matera 2 years ago and great to be there again. Learned more about the Sassi story today. I highly recommend Carlo Levy book and movie if not known. Thanks for the class.
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Fascinating and superbly well organized description of Neolithic to present day history, including living structures in caves, their use as churches and ancient murals, intricate construction of subterranean waterways to carry it to wells, and so much more!
Maria presented a fascinating look at Matera. A city build into the side of a mountain. Looking forward to the opportunity to see in person.