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Peristerione | by AurelioZen
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Greece, Cyclads, Tinos, Kato meri district, Mouatain slope, Peristerione (dove cot). (uncut)


One of the very many peristeriones (dovecots) on the island. They're two storied, the dimension and colour are typical Cycladic and the ornamentation rich - sometimes they're refered to as "embroideries in stone".

Most of the 600 edifices were built in the 18th and 19th century. Their design is folk architecture (so no architects but artisans were at play here) - ethnographic significant as folk art, the geometric ornamentations can also be found on other cultural artefacts on the islands of Tinos and Andros.


The doves were kept for their fertilizing dung and their meat but nowadays very few dovecots are still in operation.


More infrmation about the dove cots is here.

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Taken on June 11, 2011