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Village of Alberobello illuminated by sun with trulli houses in the foreground Featured The Trulli of Alberobello Print

Village of Alberobello illuminated by sun with trulli houses in the foreground

Village of Alberobello illuminated by sun with trulli houses in the foreground. Unesco World Heritage Site, Alberobello, Province of Bari, Apulia, Italy

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20080140 Featured The Trulli of Alberobello Print

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ITALY Puglia Bari Provence White Trulli buildings with runic symbols painted on the grey stone roofs in Alberobello village that have been converted into houses and a shop. No mortar is used although the interior is plastered

© Bryan Pickering eye ubiquitous / hutchison

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Trulli limestone houses at Alberobello Featured The Trulli of Alberobello Print

Trulli limestone houses at Alberobello

The trulli, the characteristic cone-roofed houses of Alberobello, Apulia, make up one of the 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. The name derives from the late Greek word for dome in Italian, cupola and refers to the ancient stone houses with conical roofs, constructed with the abundant limestone from the plateau of Apulias Murge zone.The archaeological finds that is, the first trulli settlements date as far back as the Bronze Age, while the trulli still extant today go back to c. 1350; the more uneven and shaky structures were destroyed and reconstructed (rather than repaired) time and time again.Legend has it that this dry wall construction, made without mortar, was imposed on the peasants of the area in the 15th Century, by their lords the Counts of Conversano, in order to evade an edict by the Kingdom of Naples that demanded tribute, or tax, on every new urban construction. Indeed, these types of settlements came to be identified as temporary and unstable, easy to demolish, and not taxable. The reality is, however, that the trulli are anything but unstable. Their internal structure, compact and without any elements of support or linkage, remains marvelously durable and, although seemingly so, primitive they are not

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