Dovecots, or pigeon houses, are the main traditional feature on the
These lovely, eye-catching constructions are examples of the inspiration and creativity of folk art. They are usually built of slate. Local artists design the mostly geometric patterns. The style may vary but always remains harmonious, creating structures that often resemble embroidery. They are mostly built on slopes or in gullies. The ground floor is used as a storehouse for farming tools and supplies. The upper floor is used to house pigeons.
Tinos counts about 1.000 dovecots, carefully maintained and spread all over the island. Those situated in the valley of Tarampadou are especially impressive. Most of them were built in the Venetian period, during the 18th and 19th century.
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