• The Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) of San Gimignano with its medieval towers built as defensive towers and also to show the families wealth by the height of the tower. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • The Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) of San Gimignano with its medieval towers built as defensive towers and also to show the families wealth by the height of the tower. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • Hot Air Balloons over the Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) of San Gimignano with its medieval towers built as defensive towers and also to show the families wealth by the height of the tower. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • The Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) of San Gimignano with its medieval towers built as defensive towers and also to show the families wealth by the height of the tower. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • The so called twin towers of Sangimignano built in the 13th century as defensive towers and also to show prestige and wealth. The Council of San Gimignano ruled that no tower should be built higher than that of the town Hall of San Gimignano so this family built two towers to be ahead of its opposition. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • Medieval buildings of Piazza della Cisterna, San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy
  • Medieval buildings of Piazza della Cisterna, San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy
  • Medieval buildings of Piazza della Cisterna, San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy
  • Medieval buildings of Piazza della Cisterna, San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy
  • The 13th century medieval walls entrance gate and tower of San Gimignano. Originally San Gimignano had  70 towers built for protection as a result of feuding families who supported the opposing Guelphs and Ghibellines. Today 12 survive in San Gimignano creating what is called the medieval Manhattan. A UNESCO World Heritage Sites. San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy
  • The 13th century medieval wall and towers of San Gimignano. Originally San Gimignano had  70 towers built for protection as a result of feuding families who supported the opposing Guelphs and Ghibellines. Today 12 survive in San Gimignano creating what is called the medieval Manhattan. A UNESCO World Heritage Sites. San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy
  • The 13th century medieval wall and towers of San Gimignano. Originally San Gimignano had  70 towers built for protection as a result of feuding families who supported the opposing Guelphs and Ghibellines. Today 12 survive in San Gimignano creating what is called the medieval Manhattan. A UNESCO World Heritage Sites. San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy
  • Long shot of the medieval defensive towers of San Gimignano at sunset, Tuscany, Italy
  • The 13th century medieval wall and towers of San Gimignano. Originally San Gimignano had  70 towers built for protection as a result of feuding families who supported the opposing Guelphs and Ghibellines. Today 12 survive in San Gimignano creating what is called the medieval Manhattan. A UNESCO World Heritage Sites. San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • The Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) of San Gimignano with its medieval towers built as defensive towers and also to show the families wealth by the height of the tower. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • The Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) of San Gimignano with its medieval towers built as defensive towers and also to show the families wealth by the height of the tower. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • The so called twin towers of Sangimignano built in the 13th century as defensive towers and also to show prestige and wealth. The Council of San Gimignano ruled that no tower should be built higher than that of the town Hall of San Gimignano so this family built two towers to be ahead of its opposition. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • The Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) of San Gimignano with its medieval towers built as defensive towers and also to show the families wealth by the height of the tower. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • The Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) of San Gimignano with its medieval towers built as defensive towers and also to show the families wealth by the height of the tower. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • The Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) of San Gimignano with its medieval towers built as defensive towers and also to show the families wealth by the height of the tower. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • The Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) of San Gimignano with its medieval towers built as defensive towers and also to show the families wealth by the height of the tower. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • The Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square) of San Gimignano with its medieval towers built as defensive towers and also to show the families wealth by the height of the tower. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • The so called twin towers of Sangimignano built in the 13th century as defensive towers and also to show prestige and wealth. The Council of San Gimignano ruled that no tower should be built higher than that of the town Hall of San Gimignano so this family built two towers to be ahead of its opposition. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • The so called twin towers of Sangimignano built in the 13th century as defensive towers and also to show prestige and wealth. The Council of San Gimignano ruled that no tower should be built higher than that of the town Hall of San Gimignano so this family built two towers to be ahead of its opposition. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • Medieval buildings of Piazza della Cisterna, San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy
  • Medieval buildings of Piazza della Cisterna, San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy
  • The 13th century medieval wall and towers of San Gimignano. Originally San Gimignano had  70 towers built for protection as a result of feuding families who supported the opposing Guelphs and Ghibellines. Today 12 survive in San Gimignano creating what is called the medieval Manhattan. A UNESCO World Heritage Sites. San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy
  • The so called twin towers of Sangimignano built in the 13th century as defensive towers and also to show prestige and wealth. The Council of San Gimignano ruled that no tower should be built higher than that of the town Hall of San Gimignano so this family built two towers to be ahead of its opposition. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano; Tuscany Italy
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • Beaumaris Castle, looking towards Snowdonia,  built in 1284 by Edward 1st, considered to be one of the finest example of 13th century military architecture by UNESCO. A Unesco World Heritage Site. Beaumaris, Anglesey Island, Wales.
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco
  • Chianti vineyards and vines of San Gimignano at sunrise, Tuscany Italy
  • Stone Trulo house with beehive shaped conical roof, traditional Turlli houses of Alberobello, Apulia, Italy
  • Land Rover Defender amongst the Sahara sand dunes of erg Chebbi, Morocco, Africa
  • Camels rides amongst the Sahara sand dunes of erg Chebbi, Morocco, Africa
  • Camels amongst the Sahara sand dunes of erg Chebbi, Morocco, Africa
  • Camels amongst the Sahara sand dunes of erg Chebbi, Morocco, Africa
  • Camel rides on the Sahara sand dunes of erg Chebbi, Morocco, Africa
  • The Chateau de Chenonceau designed by French Renaissance architect Philibert de l'Orme 1555 by  to span the River Char. Loire Valley. Chenonceaux,  Indre-et-Loire département France.
  • Sahara parabolic sand dunes of erg Chebbi, Morocco, Africa
  • The Chateau de Chenonceau designed by French Renaissance architect Philibert de l'Orme 1555 by  to span the River Char. Loire Valley. Chenonceaux,  Indre-et-Loire département France.
  • The Chateau de Chenonceau designed by French Renaissance architect Philibert de l'Orme 1555 by  to span the River Char. Loire Valley. Chenonceaux,  Indre-et-Loire département France.
  • The Chateau de Chenonceau designed by French Renaissance architect Philibert de l'Orme 1555 by  to span the River Char. Loire Valley. Chenonceaux,  Indre-et-Loire département France.
  • Camels rides amongst the Sahara sand dunes of erg Chebbi, Morocco, Africa
  • Land Rover Defender amongst the Sahara sand dunes of erg Chebbi, Morocco, Africa
  • The Chateau de Chenonceau designed by French Renaissance architect Philibert de l'Orme 1555 by  to span the River Char. Loire Valley. Chenonceaux,  Indre-et-Loire département France.
  • The medieval Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • The medieval Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • Main Entrance of Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • Main Entrance of Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • The medieval Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • The medieval Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • The medieval Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • The medieval Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • 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.
  • Town Hall, the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, and the birthplace of St. Benedict, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • Town Hall, the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, and the birthplace of St. Benedict, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • St Michael’s Mount tidal island, Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.
  • The Matterhorn or Monte Cervino mountain peak, Zermatt, Switzerland
  • The hill town  of Castelluccio di Norcia, Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini ,  Apennine Mountains,  Umbria, Italy.
  • The hill town  of Castelluccio di Norcia, Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini ,  Apennine Mountains,  Umbria, Italy.
  • The hill town  of Castelluccio di Norcia, Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini ,  Apennine Mountains,  Umbria, Italy.
  • The hill town  of Castelluccio di Norcia, Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini ,  Apennine Mountains,  Umbria, Italy.
  • Sheep on the Piano Grande, Gret Plain, of Castelluccio di Norcia, Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini ,  Apennine Mountains,  Umbria, Italy.
  • Sunset on the Piano Grande, Great Plain, of Castelluccio di Norcia, Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini ,  Apennine Mountains,  Umbria, Italy.
  • The Fountain of Emperor Trajan and  Curetes Street constructed between 102 - 114 A.D. Ephesus Archaeological Site, Anatolia, Turkey.
  • The medieval Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • Main Entrance of Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • The medieval Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • The medieval Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • The medieval Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • The medieval Forchtenstein Castle,  Forchtenstein, Burgenland, Austria
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Matera view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera from inside a Sassi cave, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Matera view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera from inside a Sassi cave, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • 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.
  • Rock cave Christian church of St Agnes and its altar fresco dating from 11th century. Matera, Basilicata, Italy
  • 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.
  • 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 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 />
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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 />
<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 />
<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 />
<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.
  • 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 />
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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 />
<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 />
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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 />
<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 />
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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 />
<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 />
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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 />
<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.
  • 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 />
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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 />
<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 />
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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 />
<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 />
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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 />
<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 />
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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 />
<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 />
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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 />
<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.
  • 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.
  • Vew 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 />
<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 />
<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 />
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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.
  • Matera view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera from inside a Sassi cave, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Matera view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera from inside a Sassi cave, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Matera view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera from inside a Sassi cave, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • 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 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.
  • Town Hall, the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, and the birthplace of St. Benedict, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • Structure 8 of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The recessed box beds and harth of one of the 8 houses of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • Structure 8 of the Neolithic Barnhouse Settlement archaeological site, circa 3000 BC,  Loch of Harray, Orkney Mainland, Scotland,
  • The Val di Norcia through low clouds, Umbria, Italy
  • The Val di Norcia through low clouds, Umbria, Italy
  • The church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, and the birthplace of St. Benedict, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • Town Hall, the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, and the birthplace of St. Benedict, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • Town Hall, the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, and the birthplace of St. Benedict, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • Town Hall, the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, and the birthplace of St. Benedict, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • The Gothic doorway of the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • Town Hall, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • The Gothic facade of the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • The Gothic facade of the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • The Gothic facade of the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • The Gothic facade of the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • Rose window of the Gothic facade of the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • Rose window of the Gothic facade of the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • The Gothic facade of the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • The Gothic facade of the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • The Gothic facade of the church of St. Benedict, before the 2106 earthquake, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • The Val di Norcia through low clouds, Umbria, Italy
  • Town Hall, Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia, Umbria, Italy
  • The Val di Norcia through low clouds, Umbria, Italy
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • The Matterhorn or Monte Cervino mountain peak, Zermatt, Switzerland
  • The Matterhorn or Monte Cervino mountain peak, Zermatt, Switzerland
  • St Michael’s Mount tidal island,  Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.
  • St Michael’s Mount tidal island,  Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.
  • St Michael’s Mount tidal island,  Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.
  • St Michael’s Mount tidal island,  Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • The Matterhorn or Monte Cervino mountain peak, Zermatt, Switzerland
  • The Matterhorn or Monte Cervino mountain peak, Zermatt, Switzerland
  • St Michael’s Mount tidal island,  Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.
  • St Michael’s Mount tidal island,  Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.
  • St Michael’s Mount tidal island,  Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined Chimney of a Cornish Tin Mine, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined Chimney of a Cornish Tin Mine, Cornwall
  • Ruined Chimney of a Cornish Tin Mine, Cornwall
  • Ruined Chimney of a Cornish Tin Mine, Cornwall
  • Ruins of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Engine houses of Levant Tin Mine, Cornwall
  • Engine houses of Levant Tin Mine, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Ruined engine houses of Botallack Tin Mine, Near St Agnes, Cornwall
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland, Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • Exterior of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries Galloway, Scotland,
  • St Michael’s Mount tidal island, Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.
  • St Michael’s Mount tidal island, Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.

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