Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pulo, 4

In the first half of the 16th century, a religious community of Capuchin monks built a small monastery right on the edge of the pulo, sort of hanging off the edge of the cliff actually. It is thought that the monks used the pulo not only for religious pursuits, meditation, and as a burial ground (an undamaged ossuary containing human bones was found in the cavern I showed on Tuesday), but also to cultivate crops and to study the unique naturalistic phenomena that exist here.

5 comments:

tr3nta said...

very interesting your PULO posts, nice!

I,ve been to Gaeta...

Vogon Poet said...

I like this place, a bit murky but probably very quiet!

Knoxville Girl said...

Saretta, I've enjoyed the tour of the pulo, especially all the different uses it's had over time.
and "pulo" sounds better than "sinkhole."

Hilda said...

I never thought of monks as being naturalists, but I guess that makes sense — studying God's creation. Is the monastery still occupied?
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Steve Buser said...

Interesting. Captivating tour.