My brother-in-law sent me these pictures from Vitrolles, France. They would have been taken somewhere with in a two hours drive from there.

We were both wondering why in the interior of this tower he saw had all these little cubbies. Sorry I don't know any more details about the tower, nor do I have outside pictures ( I wish I did. )

I would guess that it was just a way to save on material, but I would love to know for sure why the tower was built this way, or perhaps what it is called so that I can more easily find info on it.

Tower inside by door

tower inside

  • What is this? A skyscraper for ants? May 3, 2018 at 11:27

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It might be the inside of a former "colombier" or "pigeonnier" - i.e. a dovecote.

Assuming so, the holes are there for the doves or pigeons to nest.

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    interesting, That would be a lot of pigeons. May 1, 2018 at 17:48
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    The region is known to have them, a photo here. And a NY Times article discussing some.
    – justCal
    May 2, 2018 at 0:01
  • I looked up pigeonnier in France and was able to find a couple of pictures of pigeonniers with an equally large number of cubbies. So your right it seems likely. Thank you so much! May 2, 2018 at 14:56

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