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Trulli limestone houses at Alberobello Featured Historic Centre of Naples 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

© dwayne miras photography

Sailing boats in the Borgo Marina Featured Historic Centre of Naples Print

Sailing boats in the Borgo Marina

Sailing boats in the Borgo Marina, Historic Centre of Naples city, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Campania region, Italy, Europe

© Dave Porter Peterborough Uk

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A fresco from the villa of Agrippa Postumus at Boscotrecase, Pompeii Featured Historic Centre of Naples Print

A fresco from the villa of Agrippa Postumus at Boscotrecase, Pompeii

A fresco from the villa of Agrippa Postumus at Boscotrecase, Pompeii. The 3rd style, cubiculum 16, north wall. The scene takes place near a rural sanctuary as identified by a sacred tree and a column with a ritual vase on the abacus. At its base is a female deity on a throne possibly Cybele. Two women and a child proceed towards the sanctuary bearing boughs or torches while a shepherd watches. Behind them is an ithyphallic Priapus. Country of Origin: Italy. Culture: Roman. Period/Date: 1-25 AD. Place of Origin: Boscotrecase, Pompeii. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Museo Nazionale, Naples . Location: 07

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