November 30, 2012 10:06 am
Yes, those chimneys! It takes skill to build a fireplace which draws well, sending the smoke up the chimney, rather than into the living room. Just imagine: the chimneys standing proudly on Assisi rooftops are outlets for well-built fireplaces in the houses below – yet each one is a mini-architectural masterpiece in its own right. The designs are varied and creative: some seem to be mini-houses with sloped roofs, others are reminiscent of belltowers. Walk through Assisi “bi-focally”: one eye down to watch your footing, one eye up to take in the masterpieces on the rooftops! Who built them? Stonemasons, many with very little formal schooling – and only “on-the-job” training.
Some chimneys look like belltowers
Some chimneys are topped with antennas: the modern meets the ancient. Near many a chimney, you will see the pipe of a wood-burning stove. As fuel costs soar, wood is back; fire has been re-invented. Read more here about the use of the woodstove (especially in rural culture), then and now.
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