Monday, September 24, 2007

Alberobello, part 2 with photos!

We figured it out! I forgot to mention in the last post that we stayed in hotel that had rooms in the trulli. Our room was a little apartment with the living room with fireplace being the conical part and the bedroom, bathroom and front hall being side parts of the building. Very cool!

This is a church of Trulli in Alberobello


Here's a rural version with some friendly horses,






Here's some trulli in the city of Alberobello, awaiting restoration (Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so there seems lots of $ for restoring houses to live in). This one shows the traditional way of building them, without mortar. But missing is the whitwash on the very top and on the sides of the cylindrical walls.


Another city view, these are in the commercial district. Some of them have so-called magical symbols painted on them. Here you can also see the whitewashed pinnacles (at very top)

3 Comments:

At 11:23 AM, Blogger leigh andrew said...

what a dreamy, fairy-tale -looking town! i loved the unfinished ones also - sooo intersting to see the construction.

so, i'm thinking, how bad is the US dollar in italy? did you hear - we just equalized with canada.

 
At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an interesting way to bui;d. Lots of snow? Why?

The town looks beautiful and no macmansions!!

My cmp. is working again.

 
At 5:18 PM, Blogger Pug&MooseMama said...

Dollar is very bad. We force ourselves to think only in euros (as though 1 E = 1 dollar), otherwise it's too depressing...

As for trulli: no one knows why they are this way. Some believe they go back to Mycenean (Homeric Greek) building type called "tholos." There's also some story about a greedy local count who didn't want to pay taxes for each house, so ordered people to build w/o mortar so if the inspector showed up they could be torn down quickly.... who knows....

-Eric

 

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