Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Matera, Italy

this card arrived as a surprise from Silvan's trip to Italy in 2010

the card comes from the city of Matera, located in southern Italy. In particular, here you can see Sassi di Matera (or Stones of Matera) which are prehistoric cave dwellings, composed of the Sasso Caveoso and the later Sasso Barisano. If you take a closer look, you will indeed find the whole concept very interesting and rather unique.Many of these "houses" are really only caverns, and the streets in some parts of the Sassi often are located on the rooftops of other houses. Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be still living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago.
It is also on the UNESCO whs list.

there is a great stamp along, showing the icon known as Luciano Pavarotti. The stamp was issued in 2009 in a set of 3, "Italia 2009 - Music Day" stamps.

Thanks a lot Silvan!  

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