Saturday, December 5, 2009

Trullo Stone Houses

The Trullo houses are extraordinary landmark, which sits in Alberobello, Apulia,Italy . The whole range is a dry-wall construction made from local stone called chiancarelle. A trullo is erected on a square or round base with thick stone walls to keep the rooms warm in winter and cool in summer. The roofs are raised in concentric circles of hand-cut limestone covered by weathered slabs.

The rooftops are differently decorate from combination of geometric forms, triangles columns to star-personalize limestone. The history of the trulli of Alberobello began when local landed gentry, the counts of Conversano, came up with the scheme for evading the taxes associated with obtaining royal approval for building a new settlement. Local farmers were thrown off their lands and were forced to relocate to the Selva, an oak forest and live in temporary shelters that could be rapidly reconstructed elsewhere.

In 1797, after near by four centuries of subsistence, the community successfully appealed toFerdinand IV, king of Naples , to legitimize their way of life. Today the local people are proud of their heritage and happily rent out trulli to tourists for a unique accommodation – vacation experience.

1 comment:

  1. These stone houses are truly awesome and unique. Never seen stone houses so beautiful and amazing like these.


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