Crèvecœur
Castle

The Castle,
The dovecote, 15th century

Building registered in the Additional Inventory of Historical Monuments.

As a symbol of feudal power and wealth, dovecotes could only be owned by those who held a bastion.
Inside, each of the 1,500 putlogs could house a couple of pigeons. The dovecote was a source of food for the lord’s table.

Built in vertical wood panelling with tiled weatherboarding and a dormer window for the pigeons to fly away from, it’s the best-preserved building on the site. Its square design distinguishes it from most Norman dovecotes, which are usually round or hexagonal.

Dovecote rights were abolished at the time of the French Revolution.

 

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