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Matera cityscapes

A sunny day in the ancient city of Matera, Italy, with its cave-houses called “sassi” that diesign quite a monochromatic cityscape.
Matera was founded in the Paleolithic age. The Sassi were inhabited until the 50’s of the 20th century, when people lived in the cave-houses together with animals. So the Sassi were qualified as a “national shame” and they were abandoned.

In the following decades they were restored and Matera was rediscovered as a city unique in the world.  In 1983 Matera was chosen as Unesco World Heritage and it will be the European Capital for Culture in 2019.