• Naive and Lombard inlaid marble floor of the Lombard masters Cosmatesque association in the Romanesque interior of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Apse and Lombard inlaid marble floor of the Lombard masters Cosmatesque association in the Romanesque interior of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Naive and Lombard inlaid marble floor of the Lombard masters Cosmatesque association in the Romanesque interior of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Naive and Lombard inlaid marble floor of the Lombard masters Cosmatesque association in the Romanesque interior of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • Lombard relief sculpted panels in The 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Lombard relief sculpted panels in The 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Lombard relief sculpted panels in The 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • The First or Lombard Romanesque style Abbey of Saint Martin-du-Canigou in the Pyrenees, Orientales department, France.
  • 13th century Romanesque decorative marble archivolt of the main portal with decorative marble relief sculptures of the signs of the Zodiac and the work of the seasons on the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century reilief sculpture depicting the Kingdom of Good and salvation with Atlas at the bottom symbolically holding up the church which is represented at the top by the Lamb of God with 2 angels on either side and the four Fathers of the church in round panels running down either side of the central window, of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Romanesque column capital in the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Romanesque columns and sculpted Anthropomorphic capitals of main entrance of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Romanesque columns and sculpted Anthropomorphic capitals of main entrance of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century Roamesque Portal on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • The 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque decorative marble archivolt of the main portal with decorative marble relief sculptures of the signs of the Zodiac and the work of the seasons on the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque  reilief sculptures depicting monsters and mythical animals on the loggia corbels of the  8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Rose window, sculptures and loggia on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 7th century crypt which was the burial place of saints Secondiano, Veriano and Marcelliano below the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Rose window, sculptures and loggia on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Rose window, sculptures and loggia on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century reilief sculpture depicting the Kingdom of Evil with three faced demons with a snake in its arms and branches and leaves growing from its mouth of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Romanesque columns and sculpted Anthropomorphic capitals of main entrance of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Romanesque sculpted Anthropomorphic capitals of the main portal of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque decorative marble archivolt of the main portal with decorative marble relief sculptures of the signs of the Zodiac and the work of the seasons on the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque  reilief sculptures depicting monsters and mythical animals on the loggia corbels of the  8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 14th century Madonna with Child fresco in the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Rose window, sculptures and loggia on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque inlaid mosaics and decorative marble archivolt of the main portal with decorative marble relief sculptures of the signs of the Zodiac and the work of the seasons on the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Romanesque columns and sculpted Anthropomorphic capitals of main entrance of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century reilief sculpture depicting the Kingdom of Evil with three faced demons with a snake in its arms and branches and leaves growing from its mouth of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Rose window, sculptures and loggia on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque decorative archivolts and lunette with a sculpted eagle of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Rose window, sculptures and loggia on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Romanesque sculpted Anthropomorphic capitals of the main portal of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century Roamesque Portal on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Romanesque column capital in the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • The 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century reilief sculpture depicting the Kingdom of Evil with three faced demons with a snake in its arms and branches and leaves growing from its mouth of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century reilief sculpture depicting the  Lion of the Evangelist Marc, of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century reilief sculpture depicting the Kingdom of Good and salvation with Atlas at the bottom symbolically holding up the church which is represented at the top by the Lamb of God with 2 angels on either side and the four Fathers of the church in round panels running down either side of the central window, of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque decorative marble archivolt of the main portal with decorative marble relief sculptures of the signs of the Zodiac and the work of the seasons on the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque decorative marble archivolt of the main portal with decorative marble relief sculptures of the signs of the Zodiac and the work of the seasons on the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque  reilief sculptures depicting monsters and mythical animals on the loggia corbels of the  8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque decorative marble archivolt of the main portal with decorative marble relief sculptures of the signs of the Zodiac and the work of the seasons on the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque  reilief sculptures depicting monsters and mythical animals on the loggia corbels of the  8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque  reilief sculptures depicting monsters and mythical animals on the loggia corbels of the  8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century Romanesque  reilief sculptures depicting monsters and mythical animals on the loggia corbels of the  8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century winged griffin on the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century reilief sculpture depicting the Kingdom of Evil with three faced demons with a snake in its arms and branches and leaves growing from its mouth of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Etruscan coffins in the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 14th century frescp of the patron siants of Tuscania in the crypt of The 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Romanesque column capital in the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 7th century crypt which was the burial place of saints Secondiano, Veriano and Marcelliano below the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 7th century crypt which was the burial place of saints Secondiano, Veriano and Marcelliano below the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 14th century Madonna with Child fresco in the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century reilief sculpture depicting the Kingdom of Evil with three faced demons with a snake in its arms and branches and leaves growing from its mouth of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Etruscan coffins in the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 7th century crypt which was the burial place of saints Secondiano, Veriano and Marcelliano below the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Romanesque columns and sculpted Anthropomorphic capitals of main entrance of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 13th century reilief sculpture depicting the Kingdom of Good and salvation with Atlas at the bottom symbolically holding up the church which is represented at the top by the Lamb of God with 2 angels on either side and the four Fathers of the church in round panels running down either side of the central window, of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • 12th century Roamesque Portal on the facade of the 8th century Romanesque Basilica church of St Peters, Tuscania, Lazio, Italy
  • Late medieval relief sculptures of a Lombard style column, the Cattedrale di San Martino,  Duomo of Lucca, Tunscany, Italy,
  • Detail of the 13th century pulpit with earlier Lombard panels of the Basilica Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Tuscania, Basilica Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Tuscania
  • Detail of the 13th century pulpit with earlier Lombard panels of the Basilica Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Tuscania, Basilica Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Tuscania
  • Long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
<br />
The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
<br />
At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
<br />
The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
<br />
At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
<br />
The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
<br />
At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
<br />
The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
<br />
At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
<br />
The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
<br />
At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
<br />
The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
<br />
At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
<br />
The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
<br />
At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic ew of "la Gravina" ravine and the Sassi of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
<br />
The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
<br />
At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • View of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
<br />
The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
<br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
<br />
At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • View of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
<br />
The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
<br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
<br />
At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • View of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
<br />
The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Vew of "la Gravina" ravine and the Sassi of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • View of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • View of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • View of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic view of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Vew of "la Gravina" ravine and the Sassi of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic ew of "la Gravina" ravine and the Sassi of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic view of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Vew of "la Gravina" ravine and the Sassi of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • View of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • View of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • View of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • View of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Vew of "la Gravina" ravine and the Sassi of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
<br />
The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.

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