The Santa Lucia and Sant’Agata’ s monastry

Matera is made of breath-taking glimpses and magic places, where time seems to have stopped. The former Santa Lucia and Sant’Agata alla Civita’s monastry is one of these places: born as a fortified farm of 7th century, it became a Benedictine convent from the late 13th until the 18th centuries when the nuns of Santa Lucia alle Malve moved into.
The church and monastry arise on the slopes of Gravina Canyon among the city’s eastern gate known as Postergola.
Throughout the centuries, the whole complex is expanded and developed on two floors. The church known as Santa Lucia Vecchia has been destroyed. What remains today is a Renaissance portal.
Nowday the old structure hosts a suggestive Wine Bar, Altereno Cafè, with a wonderful terrace overlooking on Gravina.