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Location address: Italia, Matera, Matera
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Because of the ancient and primitive scenery in and around the Sassi di Mater, it has been used by filmmakers as the setting for ancient Jerusalem. A few famous ones are Bruce Beresford’s King David (1985) and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004).
But you also might recognize it from Roberto Rossellini’s Garibaldi (1961) and many othr movies.
The Sassi di Matera (meaning “stones of Matera”) are ancient cave dwellings in the Italian city of Matera, Basilicata. Situated in the old town, they are composed of the Sasso Caveoso and the later Sasso Barisano.