Casa Noha

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9 Recinto Cavone, Matera, Italy
0835 335452

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an ancient house narrates Matera's stark history Jun 29, 2017
We have seen an oppressed casa for the poor Sassi dwellers -- the Casa Grotta in Sasso Caveoso. With our students, we also visited a home of a noble family, now a museum, in the neighborhood of Sasso Barisano. It is the Casa Noha.

Set between the Sassi, in the nooks and crannies of the Civita and just a few steps from the Duomo is Casa Noha. This ancient residence built during the 15th century is one of the suitable venues for those who want to learn about Matera's fascinating but stark history. Two noble families -- the Fodals and Latorres donated this five-room house to the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI) in 2004. FAI is a non-profit organization that restores and reopen homes to the public for a specific reason -- awareness and appreciation of cultural heritage.

The way they present the exhibit is through a 25-minute multimedia using the house tufa walls as the screen. In each chapter, we had to move from one room to the other to watch the film. That way, we do not only learn but also, have the chance to interact with other guests (if necessary :>) and check out the different rooms in the house.

The film opening is when Matera was a settlement for Paleolithic age to the later waves of empires and rulers to the tribulations of the sassi dwellers and the present day. Personally, the story of Matera related to me. It is an astonishing and painful social history of the town and its sassi. It is a story of resilience and hope. Even my students have acquired an appreciation of Matera's unique history.

The story of Casa Noha is similar to many other homes in the Sassi. A story of reuse of spaces, of everyday life marked by the natural architecture of tufa.

The Casa Noha is one of the most significant examples of architecture for private homes in the Sassi.

There is an entrance fee to visit Casa Noha. Eu5.00/adult, but for students, they get eu2.00 off. The staff will check for a valid student ID.
watching the presentation
the tufa wall is the screen used t…
Casa Noha is the lower level...
signage at the entrance door
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cotton_foam says:
Sarah: Very interesting indeed.
Posted on: Oct 16, 2017
Toonsarah says:
This sounds an interesting way to tell the town's story
Posted on: Oct 15, 2017
cotton_foam says:
Indeed, Bill!
Posted on: Sep 18, 2017
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