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24 March,2024 07:20 AM IST |  Dubai  |  A Correspondent

The world’s narrowest house, located in Italy, was built to spite a neighbour

A dispute with a neighbour made the owner of Casa du Currivu construct the narrow room on top of the house, allegedly to block their view. Pics/Instagram

Casa du Currivu, aka "House of Spite", is a bizarre-looking house in the Sicilian village of Petralia Sottana that holds the unofficial title of "world's narrowest house". Petralia Sottana, a small village of about 2,000 people in the heart of the Madonie mountains in the province of Palermo, is home to one of Italy's most unusual tourist attractions - a two-storey house with a normal ground floor and an upper level that is only around three feet, or one metre thick.

It is known as Casa du Currivu, or the House of Spite, mainly due to the local legend surrounding its purpose. Seeing as it isn't wide enough for two people to pass by each other, let alone live inside it full time, the thin edifice was allegedly only designed to block a neighbor's window view following an argument.

Although the exact story of Casa du Currivu has been forgotten, it is believed that the strange house was built sometime during the 1950s, following a dispute between two neighbours. It wasn't unusual for people to expand their residence vertically, by adding another floor, but only with the consent of their next-door neighbours.

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breadth of Casa du Currivu's upper level, built in the 1950s

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