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Matera is a city and municipality, capital of the homonymous province, and the first city in the Basilicata region, in southern Italy (which is sometimes named as Lucania). It is inhabited by some 60,383 inhabitants.
Apart from an economy that has traditionally been based on agriculture, in the late 1990s, the main economic resource of Matera, and the cities that surround it, is the production of upholstery.
The city is at an oblique angle to a canyon, which has been eroded over the years by a small stream, the Gravina. It has a very particular old town, in which the houses were excavated in limestone. «The Sassi and the whole of the rock churches of Matera» have been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1993.
On October 17, 2014, the city was chosen as the Italian headquarters of the European Capital of Culture 2019.
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Casa Vacanze Interno 5
B&B XX Settembre
Il Mulino A Vento
Our selection of Hotels in Matera
Quarry Resort ★★★★★
Residence Sassi San Gennaro
Hotel Dimora Del Monaco ★★★★
Province of Matera
Matera (in Italian Provincia di Matera) is a province of the Basilicata region in Italy. Its capital is the city of Matera.
It has an area of 3,446 km2, and a total population of 204,296 inhabitants. (2001). There are 31 municipalities in the province (source: ISTAT, see this link).
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Visitazione Holiday Sassi Suite
Residence Nazionale Matera
Le Luminarie City
The cathedral of Matera (in Italian, Duomo di Matera; Cattedrale di Santa Maria della Bruna and di Sant'Eustachio) is a Catholic cathedral in Matera, Basilicata, Italy. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary under the designation of the Madonna della Bruna and Santa Eustaquio. Previously the headquarters of the bishops, later archbishops, of Matera, now is the cathedral of the archdiocese of Matera-Irsina.