Medieval ghost town Craco (Italy)
The medieval ghost town of Craco is located in the province of Matera, about 40 km from the Gulf of Taranto, Italy, in the picturesque valley of Cavona, embraced by endless fields and olive trees. The settlement seems to merge with the rock on which it is located as if the sculptor carved out every building and tower from the stone.
The wild wind descends from the valley, runs in abandoned houses, knocks old doors on rusty hinges or remnants of weathercocks that have already forgotten where the north is.
For better protection from enemies, the city was located on a rock.
Walking through the deserted streets of this medieval city, you can hear the ghostly voices of children who ran along steep slopes. Imagine the hurried steps of adults hurrying to the bells of the parish church of San Nicolas to attend the midday mass. Old walls store many secrets, and houses still remember their old inhabitants.
Such a fate awaits all the buildings.
Craco was born in the seventh century BC. e. and left very few traces in history. Most likely it was a quiet town, living on the cultivation of cereals and livestock. In the tenth century, the surrounding lands and village passes to Archbishop Arnaldo de Tricario, who erects here a monastery that gave impetus to the population increase.
After the city was part of various feudal possessions of kings, nobles and influential families, but in 1963 the earthquake caused serious damage, destroying many houses. Until 1975, the emigration of 1800 people continued, which lived here until the last inhabitant left this beautiful and ancient enclave.
One of the churches.
The ruins of the walls.
Since then, Krakow has been dying slowly under the scorching sun of August and the cold winters, waiting for new vacillations of the earth, which will ultimately completely destroy the buildings still opposing the wind and waiting for their masters.
The outskirts of Craco suffered the most.
Lookout tower, from it you can clearly see the whole neighborhood.
But even abandoned, this city left us to look at: the castle, built in medieval Europe, in the 13th century, which retained the gate and the main tower, Vincenzo with two magnificent canvases depicting the angel Raphael and Madonna with the children.
For adventurers and photographers, hundreds of homes are ready to reveal their secrets, but beware, collapses are not uncommon.