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The Alta Murgia

The farm houses or “masserie”


The farm houses or “masserie”

One of the most representative examples of the typical construction in the Murgia territory are the “Masserie” or farm houses. They date back to the XI century and till the XIX century they became more numerous.
The first houses born during the Normans-Swabian period recall the previous “curtes” which were rural productive centres belonging to the roman manor houses. During the reign of Frederick II of Swabia were built numerous farm houses which represented the referring point for the repopulation of the countryside. The old feudal system started to loose its authority and it was replaced by the new State that concentrated the power in one centre. The farm houses, in that period, belonged to the State and were controlled by the “magister massarium”: the whole territory was entrusted by three regal farm houses to which were submitted the minor farm houses. They were constituted by a small house with the function of tools store, a “domus”, where people lived, a stable and a “curtis” as said a space delimited by a dry-stone wall where the animals were breed.



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