Craco, the tragic beauty of a ghost town

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Craco, la tragica bellezza di una città fantasma
Text and video Walter Molfese


Craco is an abandoned town in the province of Matera, Basilicata, Italy.
In 1963 a landslide destroyed part of Craco. The population decided to abandon their homes. The landslide was mainly caused by leakages of water and sewerage networks and by the urban growth of the 20th century.
The Municipality of Craco is trying to recover the ancient part of the town, restoring the old centre for recreational and cultural purposes. Despite damage caused by landslides over the years, Craco is still gorgeous.

The historic center of Craco was listed among the 93 sites to be saved in the world in 2010 Watch List of the World Monuments Fund which is reported every two years by the prestigious international institution.



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    Frank Giove Author

    My grandmother came from Craco.

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