Trulli – A prehistoric building technique still functioning in a modern world

Located in the southern region of Puglia, Italy, these Trulli or limestone houses are a remarkable example of vernacular architecture that has been carefully preserved since prehistoric times.  Conical roofs built with limestone slabs dot this quaint village that has become a popular tourist destination.  Now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Trulli of Albeoebello are a fascinating example of ancient architecture.

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The roof has a provision for collecting rainwater using projecting eaves which divert the water through a channelled slab into a cistern beneath the house.

 

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The roofs are not painted and develop a patina of mosses and lichens; however, the walls are frequently whitewashed.

 

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Most of these homes are occupied and represent the remarkable survival of this prehistoric building technique.

 

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The buildings were constructed using roughly worked limestone collected from neighbouring fields

 

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