The Dove Tower (Pigeonnier)

History of pigeon lofts (pigeonniers) in France, a symbol of aristocratic privilege.

This privilege was abolished during the Revolution, together with the one on hunting and local taxes.

The greater the estate, the greater the pigeonnier, that is, the more pigeon holes (boulins) it contained.

Pictures:
Pigeonnier in the Castlepark.


The Pigeonnier in front of the chateau, seen fom inside (400 holes), 100 holes at each square side. Two pigeon holes occupied, one by a brooding pigeon, one by a baby church owl.

The building has a ladder fixed to a turning piller in the center, allowing to reach each pigeonhole.