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29 February 2012

Dovecotes/pigeonholes/pigeon houses

Some buildings here in Tunis come with purpose built dovecotes/pigeonholes/pigeon houses.  It seems very considerate of the architect to factor this into the design of a house.  It is interesting to note that whilst some people think of pigeons as a nuisance and try to deter them from nesting anywhere near their homes or public buildings others actively encourage them.  An entry for dovecote in Wikipedia states that, "In some cultures, particularly Medieval Europe, the possession of a dovecote was a symbol of status and power and was consequently regulated by law. Only nobles had this special privilege known as droit de colombier.

 
A pigeon peering out of a purpose built dovecote/pigeonhole/pigeon house in Sidi Bou Said.
 
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