HISTORY OF HOTEL AKROPOLIS

From the reading of the walls laid bare during the restoration work and the scarce documentary sources it was possible to reconstruct the historical events related to the various stages of implementation of the property.

The building is of medieval, contemporary with the rebuilding of the city, in 967, by the Emperor Nicephorus II Phocas after the almost total destruction of the city by an Arab expeditionary force in 927.

The Saracens destroyed the city that had been built looting and transforming the ancient Greek temples and buildings of the acropolis, since it was “structured” on the ruins and sacred building existing buildings existing and survived the Roman conquest of Taranto after the war lasting 10 years, 272-282.

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The reconstruction of the city used the foundations of the ancient blocks and temples, using the abundant availability of architectural elements and segments of “carparo quarried from calcarenitic desk which constituted the ‘island of the Old City.

The ancient quarries, existing below the current building, were transformed into “styles”, antique barns (from the Latin fovea) to be able to deposit the commodity, essential for the survival of the community, on the occasion of feared siege of the fortified city of Taranto ancient..

Three underground levels have been discovered and brought to light at the bottom of the building, in addition to the brine wells and tanks of fresh water rainwater, channeled from the roofs for the needs of the family; They are still evident, exposed, beautiful medieval rain that gathered by terraces and accumulated rainwater in underground tanks. large blocks of bare are still clearly visible from the Greek temples reused to construct the building.

Stretches of the medieval walls were expertly left visible on the ground floor and the basement floors with the sequence of arches and vaults of various types and levels of taxes, reworked several times over the centuries.

The building, built nearly a thousand years, in the late eighteenth century undergoes a major transformation and expansion at the hands of the notary Francesco Antonio Mannarini, whose descendants, also notaries, they hark back to mid-nineteenth century, embellishing it, the facade, and adding an additional floor, the third, the two pre-existing, over the ground floor.

The building therefore has a sober and balanced façade with the nineteenth-century orders. To this period belong the shelves and balconies with stone slabs, the stone cornices, cast iron balconies, the important portal, the wooden door and the wonderful French windows, with internal doors, wooden.

They are still present the locks, the hardware, the rostra of the door with the initials of the notary Domenico Mannarini.

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Have been found, and expertly reused, seven hundred of floors glazed earthenware tiles and decorated with bright colors, found in some rooms of the first floor.

More glazed ceramic tiles of three hundred and five hundred they have been discovered in the course of the work and embellish the floors and walls of the lobby and the reception on the ground floor, along with the original curved elements in glazed earthenware that were the railings of the old terrace.

The restoration aimed the conservation and development of all the architectural and antique finishing elements that allow it to “breathe” the historical events suffered from the building, over 2700 years !!!

It has been preserved intact the facade the three underground floors, the balconies, the cornices, the portal with the imposing front door, the floors of the early twentieth century Art Nouveau designs in colored concrete, stone elements of the terrace which allowed its use for drying racks and preparation the supplies, the dried preserves, etc.

The design and supervision of building restoration work have been cured by the engineer architect Giuseppe De Bellis.