Friday, August 8, 2008

Mystery Revealed

It's a trullo! A trullo is a traditional stone dwelling with a conical roof. This style of construction is found only in the region of Puglia (called Apulia in English), primarily in the Itria Valley area, particularly the town of Alberobello. Trulli were generally built as homes or storehouses. Traditionally, they were built without any cement or mortar. They are found in the countryside throughout Puglia. The one in this photo is is an abandoned specimen located in a field next to my house.
Compliments to Homebody at Heart who correctly guessed that this was a view from the inside of the trullo looking up through the roof. Great guess!!! And thanks to everyone who sent in their ideas!
For photos of some great looking trulli check out this link.


Knoxville Girl said...

Well, that's cool. Now I've truly learned about trulli.
The older I get, the less I (realize) I know - thanks for the information, Saretta. Nice shot, too.

Hilda said...

Oh goodness, I wouldn't have been able to guess that in a million years. ;D

Thanks for teaching me something new! I love how it looks — and the grass on the roof, wow! Between that and the stone, it must be cool inside.

babooshka said...

I'm so annoyed with the problems I've had with blogger this week 've missed your lovely images. I would not have guessed where or what this one though.

Jilly said...

I missed the competition but am glad to see the answer and the two photos. Fascinating. Lovely shots.

homebody at heart said...

How lucky you are! I hope it is within easy view from your house. I see that there are some plants growing in the trulli. Are they flowering bulbs? One of the things I love most about Italy is seeing plants and stone together. It must be part of our ancient DNA gene link. Nice shot, too!

David -- said...

Great photos and information. These have some similarities in design to the traditional houses built by Navajos in the American southwest. Their houses are called hogans. They are round, often made of stone, but I don't think that they have stone roofs. I seem to recall that their roofs are made of sticks and mud.