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Cripta del Peccato Originale (Crypt of Original Sin)By Anthony Parente
Experts have since dated these frescoes to the second half of the 8th century. Unfortunately, the artist is unknown, but has been nicknamed il Pittore dei Fiori di Matera (The Flower Painter of Matera) due to the red flowers that appear throughout his works. The cave walls are adorned with images from the Old and New Testament. Along the back wall are images from the Book of Genesis. You see the hand of God above Adam with Eve emerging from his side. Adam and Eve eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge with the snake wrapped around the trunk. It is that fresco that gives the crypt its name. In another area you will find three apses containing images from the New Testament. In one are frescoes of the Apostles John, Peter, and Andrew. The middle apse shows the Madonna holding the infant Jesus with saints on either side of them. The third shows the Archangels Gabriel, Raphael and Michael.
The Crypt is open to the public, but you must purchase your tickets in advance. For additional information including hours, purchasing tickets and how to get there please visit: La Cripta del Peccato Originale site.
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