Our rural area in France is known for exquisite examples of pigeonniers – pigeon houses or dovecotes. The possession of a pigeonnier was a symbol of status and power. Pigeons were highly valued for their meat, their poop (for fertilizer) and their messenger services. These houses were built between the 13th and 19thC and were of many different styles and they are quite large. Many are used now for summer kitchens, bed and breakfast accommodations, children’s playhouses.
During the workshop,on our way back from Albi, we have the opportunity to stop at one for a photo-op. And we pass several more on our drive. I also have a book that details (with a map and directions), all the pigeonniers in our region. A separate day trip may be in order to truly appreciate this architectural delight.