Trulli

Refers a type of traditional limestone house of southern Italy, particularly southern Apulia. Trulli are circular in plan and are constructed with roughly worked limestone boulders and feature distinctive conical, domed, or pyramidal roofs of corbeled, dry-walled masonry. This mortarless technique is prehistoric but still in use in this region. Several trulli can be joined together to form complex dwellings that combine flat and conical roofs.

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Refers a type of traditional limestone house of southern Italy, particularly southern Apulia. Trulli are circular in plan and are constructed with roughly worked limestone boulders and feature distinctive conical, domed, or pyramidal roofs of corbeled, dry-walled masonry. This mortarless technique is prehistoric but still in use in this region. Several trulli can be joined together to form complex dwellings that combine flat and conical roofs. The exteriors are often whitewashed and the roofs tile-covered; the main door is typically arched and the windows are generally few and small.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300007961. The J. Paul Getty Trust.