The famous bricks of Matera

Matera is renowned for many things, including its claim to being the third oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.  Less well known though is its use of brick.  Most people associate the city with its famous caves, which many of the city’s residents lived in until the 1950’s, when they were forcibly relocated for sanitary reasons.  But brick?  Sadly, not so much.

It takes some real sleuthing to find anything of brick to shout about here, but I did it!  Not in Matera exactly, but in the Murge National Park that borders it, which is certainly close enough.  We found this wall on our ride to Matera, which was great enough – we even saw a herd of wild boar, which is darn near as exciting as a brick wall.  If you want to see more of Matera itself though (and why wouldn’t you – it’s one of the great cities of Europe), you should look at our photo gallery too.


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3 response to "The famous bricks of Matera"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: May 19, 2019

    It looks like you have been having a most enjoyable tour and seeing a real variety of things. I catch up with you once a week or so – congrats on finding some bricks!

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 19, 2019

    I assume that wall is extremely old — which further supports what Bill said about European structures.
    Looks like they knew about stretchers and headers back then!

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: May 20, 2019

    Isn’t Matera an incredible place! In our pre-ebike days we were there too.
    Congrats on finding a wall for your brick pic!

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