Church San Pietro Barisano
Rione S. Biagio, 52, 75100 Matera
The Church of San Pietro Barisano is a perfect example of the architecture typical of the Sassi: the fašade is made of tufa, but the interior has been almost entirely hollowed out. Below this church is an ancient honeycomb of niches where corpses were placed for draining, while at the entrance level are 15th- and 16th-century frescoes. The empty frame of the altarpiece graphically illustrates the town's troubled recent history: the church was plundered when Matera was partially abandoned in the 1960s and ?70s.