What’s Dovecote to Do With It

For centuries, architectural marvels known as dovecotes were built to house the birds of the nobles. As you can see, you'd have had to be powerful and wealthy to obtain the rights to build these kind of pigeon coops on your property!

Pigeons were an immense passion and hobby for Romans, and typically the most powerful of men had these buildings constructed with marble powder coated roofing. Varro, Columella and Pliny the Elder wrote works on pigeon farms and dovecote construction. In the time of the Republic, the internal design of “pigeonholes was adapted for the purpose of disposing of cremated ashes after death: these columbaria were generally constructed underground.”


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A nice article, but in the future, just link to the Wikipedia article all the images/text was ripped from.

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It should be noted that the nitrogen in pigeon poo acts as a sort of gunpowder, and pigeons were kept by the wealthy to collect quantities of the material. What you're looking at here is a small munitions factory. Seriously.
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