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A picturepack with two elements.rnAt the top a trio of pigeons taking their Daily bath.rnAt buttom one of the famous pigeon palaces of Istanbul which can be observed almost on the walls of every mosques or other old buildings.rnrnLook up while roaming the streets of Istanbul, and you may see little palaces carved into the sides of its mosques and schools.rnThe city’s birds have been calling these ornamented miniature mansions home for centuries.rnPeople had been building birdhouses before the dawn of the Ottoman Empire, but they weren’t as ornate.rnrnThe ones the Ottomans built were not simple structures, but were instead complex multi-level houses with copious ornaments and details.rnWith their intricate windows, balconies, roofs, and towers, they mimicked the sort of grand abode you’d expect to find a regal human living in.rnrnCreating the little bird palaces went beyond pure aesthetic appeal. It was said that building the houses and showing such kindness for the city’s feathered residents was a way to curry favor with God.rnrnThe structures also kept birds from nesting inside the mosques and other buildings.r

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