Dovecote of Tinos

Dovecotes of Tinos

Dovecotes is the trademark of Tinos and perhaps the highest example of folk art of the island. Although they were used to rearing doves for food or using doves dropping as fertilizer, their decoration is so elaborate that they are real works of art.

Probably Venetians were they who first built Tinos dovecotes, when they conquered the island from 1204 to 1715. During the Venetian period, dovecotes were undorned and the ownership of the dovecotes was privilege only of the feudal lords of the island. With the arrival of the Ottomans in 1715, conditions changed. The inhabitants of Tinos could freely owning dovecotes, adorning them with geometrical shapes, expressing in that way their inner aesthetic quality.

So a dovecote, besides from a simple dove breeding building, was also a sample of prestige and ostentation of its owner. Thus, a large and elaborate dovecote signified the prosperity of the family. Thanks to this culture of the Tinians, they left us all these works of art.


Dovecotes of Tinos -
Complete listing the title of the book which published by Manthos Prelorentzos, on August 2020. This publishing is the result of a 4 years project to count
all the dovecotes of Tinos which are 924 in total. The book has 328 pages, it is written in 3 languages (greek, english, italian) and contains photos of all the dovecotes with its accurate position (coordinates through GPS) and its current condition.

Dovecotes are scattered all over the island but mainly we find them in ravines where doves could easily find water and help them to take off or landing.

So, through this project the 924 dovecotes are introduced to us, one by one in the pages of that book. For the first time, they pass each one from their isolation of a distant place of Tinos, to a large fellowship, so as to be introduced and get familiar to us. It is very important to become acquainted with us, because the more we become familiar with these unique works of folk art of Tinos and part of the world folk heritage, the more they will be far from its obscurity and destruction.


See a sample of the book