Photographer's Note

The small loft ...

Ubiquitous in the South West, or the pigeon lofts, with their typical achitecture, punctuate their presence the Tarn countryside. Most often located on private land, sometimes surrounded by crops, they are not always easy to photograph close ...

Celui ci se trouve près de Puylaurens dans le Tarn.

"Pigeon lofts and are very important witnesses of our regional history. There is no real difference between the two, being pigeon may be used in a poetic context, as the dove is over pigeon, when the word does not specifically identify a white pigeon.

In the Middle Ages, the loft has experienced strong growth due to the economic environment. Important source of income (meat and pigeon droppings for spreading).

Possession of a pigeon remained for centuries a privilege granted to those who had a lot of land lords and abbeys.

Symbol of power, the pigeon had to show for its architecture and its decoration: the largest measuring up to 12 m in height, circumference and seven contain four thousand nests.

Removing privileges, the Revolution gave everyone the right to breed pigeons are then flourished the "houses feathers" for various architectures and less formal.

Symbol of economic and social power, the pigeon has become a symbol of freedom. The industrial era sign his disappearance.

Recent years have seen a happy awareness of architectural and historic interest of the buildings and wholesale restoration efforts have been undertaken in the context of small heritage as ovens, cazelles, stairs.

The lofts were installed wherever wheat, flax, hemp was cultivated these lands claiming fertilizer. They are common in the Southwest.

It is difficult to date the onset of lofts. They were already known in antiquity, located on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean basin, before spreading to Europe. "

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