Pigeonniers are one of the most interesting rural architectures in France.
Pigeon towers can be the most elegant of farm buildings, sometimes more appealing than the houses to which they belong. Originally they were used for breeding and raising pigeons for food to the owners. They were placed high off the ground so as to stop rats, foxes and other vermin from entering the building and eating the pigeon eggs. The room is typically made from stone or brick and sometimes colombages (half timber)and has a steep tiled roof.
A variant on this architecture - many farms, although not having a separate pigeonnier, will have a tower adjacent to an existing building which serves the same purpose.
Pigeonniers are found elsewhere in the world as shown in the images below.
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