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  • Day190

    Nice tree

    May 5, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 17 °C

    In 1644, the King of Naples sent tax collectors intermittently to the Puglia region, near the town of Alberobello; from the medieval Latin name of the region “siva arboris belli” (The wood of the tree of war).
    Count Acquaviva came up with a plan to avoid settlement taxes: he forced local people into houses that could be taken apart easily . These were the famous trullo houses that had been around (sic) since ancient times and since they were morterless - dry stone walls - they could be built or destroyed very quickly.
    When eventually it was out for the Count, the town was granted the staus of a royal town by the King of Naples. For 200 years they have kept the style of their houses though, adorned with pagan Christian and alchemical signs .
    The centro storico is now a Disney park and busloads of tourists from cruise ships docked at Bari come up to wander around.
    Another UNESCO World Heritage site
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    Rose Siva

    How do they water=proof the roof without mortar?

    5/6/19Reply
    Tony Hammond

    I imagine it was a taxing experience for all concerned...

    5/7/19Reply
    Roland Routier

    Stones laid like shingles, 3 layers thick

    5/12/19Reply

    But did they contract shingles too? Tony

    5/13/19Reply