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The dovecotes

Recently restored, the beautiful dovecote in Mireval (19th century) represents a type of dovecote on pillars.

Recently restored, the beautiful dovecote in Mireval (19th century) represents a type of dovecote on pillars.
It consists of a cube resting on four circular sandstone pillars and is capped with a four-sided, tiled roof. The dovecote holds a special place in the local Lauragais history. It was mainly functional: pigeons were originally bred for food, then its skills as a bird who returned faithfully to its loft were quickly observed and the idea of the carrier pigeon was born.

Other dovecotes still exist. In Marquein, one is visible from the road, there are two dovecotes in St Michel de Lanès, dating from the 18th century, built in flat bricks, and in Belflou,the location is more surprising as it is within the fortified wall of the château.

dovecote of Mireval. XIXe s.
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