Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fabulous town of Alberobello

Alberobello - a small town in southern Italy, huddled on the "heel" of the Italian "boot." It is famous for the unique trulli constructions included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996.

The population of the town of Alberobello is only about 11,000 people and it covers an area of 40 square kilometers

General view of the town of town of Alberobello.

These fun houses can be found not only in Alberobello, but only here, they form a complete streets - or rather, two historic quarter Ayia Piccola and Rione Monti.

Trulli are interesting primarily because they were built without the use of a solution to dry, and so destroy a house easier - we just know what kind of stone from the wall to pull out, and the house will be only a memory.

And the story is this: in the 17th century to erect any building without the permission of the reigning monarch was forbidden, but because people have to live somewhere, and that's resourceful people and came to build houses, which in case of royal officials could be destroyed in a minute and to pretend that "I - I did not, and the horse is not mine", and after checking out quickly rebuilt.

Wall "trullo" painted white, and the domes are decorated with various symbols, most often associated with magic, paganism and Christianity.

Painted white lime characters symbolizing purification, and are believed to defend the symbol of the evil eye and bring good luck occupants.

Roof shape also linked with burial structures of ancient Greece, as the area has long been an ancient Greek colony and became part of Italy only in 1860,

«Trulla» means the dome.

Currently, many of the "trullo" brought to the souvenir shops, but many still live the locals who often offer come in, look at the old utensils or climb to the roof to see a panorama of fantastic Alberobello.



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