The ‘Sovereign’ trullo in Alberobello
It was declared a National Monument in 1930 and was built between 1775 and 1780. It is the only trullo with a higher floor and for this reason called ‘sovereign’. Its architecture is extraordinary if you think of the dome which reaches the height of 14 metres, a sign of the great architectural ability that the master trulli builders had reached.
In the course of the centuries, the Sovereign Trullo has been used as a private dwelling and housed the relics of the Holy Saints in 1785.
Presently it is used as a museum and it is possible to visit it. It is furnished in the style of the age, reconstructed through the testimonies of the older inhabitants of Alberobello. The interior is subdivided into various small spaces which are arranged around a central room under the sovereign dome, supported in turn by a smaller dome and four strong arches.
In the walls which are more than a metre thick, there are cupboards, wardrobes and between the first and second floor there is even a trapdoor which was used as a hiding place during the period of brigandage.
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Piazza Sacramento, Alberobello