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The Trulli of Alberobello
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Type of site: Cultural
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Date of Inscription: 1996
Location: Europe, Italy, Puglia Region, Province of Bari
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Description: Puglia’s southern region’s trulli, limestone dwellings, are extraordinary examples of drywall (mortarless) construction, a building technique that has been in use within the regions since prehistoric times. The trulli are composed of roughly worked limestone boulders gathered from neighbouring fields. Typically, they embrace pyramidal, domed or conical roofs constructed of corbelled limestone slabs. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  A trullo (plural, trulli) is a traditional Apulian stone dwelling with a conical roof. The style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley (in Italian Valle d'Itria), in the Murge area of the Italian region of Apulia (in Italian Puglia). They may be found in the towns of Alberobello, Locorotondo, Fasano, Cisternino, Martina Franca and Ceglie Messapica. Trulli were generally constructed as dwellings or storehouses. Traditionally they were built without any cement or mortar. This style of construction is also prevalent in the surrounding countryside where most of the fields are separated by dry-stone walls. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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