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Gambatesa - Rich Rafters and Paving

The interior of a house near the municipal park. It was the house of a rich family, and is now quite old. The ceiling is made from wood hand cut into beams with an axe, and this is why they are irregular rather than smooth.

The rafters, cut by hand using axe, of a rich house in Gambatesa, 49 KB

To the rafters of this ceiling compare the construction of an old farmhouse roof, which was made by laying tree trunks of various thicknesses side by side. And also compare the ceiling of working family's townhouse in Via San Nicola which is constructed by a method differing from both.

Entry hall of a rich house in Gambatesa, 42 KB

The finely cut and fitted stone floor of the entry room contrasts with the stone floors of poorer dwellings, which consist of small stones of varying shapes and sizes set into mortar. (Not all the dwellings of the poor had finished floors, however.)

Photographs by Angelo Abiuso, August-July 2009-2010 at 17:31 hrs.


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Last revised: 27 March 2012 : 2012-03-27 by Robert [Wesley] Angelo.

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