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The Pigeon Tower

The interior of a pigeon tower (Iran).

In 16th and 17th century Iran, domesticated pigeons were a valuable resource.

Due to the lack of grasslands, in the desert areas it was impossible to produce fertilizers for agriculture.

Rich in nitrogen, pigeon guano was used across Iran as a natural fertilizer for fields.

To gather this precious resource, homes were built for the pigeons.

Often over six stories high and 45 to 75 feet in diameter, these towering structures were filled with a honeycomb of small roosts for the pigeons. Each tower held as many as 14,000 pigeons.

The towers are also an unique example of architectural style.

Over the years these buildings became more advanced and pigeons became the most popular species for this purpose.

Aside from the primary use of these towers, they also provided feather, meat and eggs.

Today, due to the use of artificial fertilizer, only a few hundred pigeon towers remain operational.

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Roberto Pazzi

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Award-winning and published travel photographer, permanently exhibited in Singapore, author for a Brazilian gallery, manager and leader for photographic expeditions to remote cultures.

Awards: 🏆PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris) | 🏆ND Awards (Natural Density Photo Awards) | 🏆MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards) | 🏆VIEPA (Vienna International Photo Awards) | 🏆GPA (Global Photo Awards) | 🏆MonoVisions Awards | 🏆VIPA (Visual International Photo Awards) | 🏆BIFA (Budapest International Foto Awards) | 🏆TIFA (Tokyo International Foto Awards) | 🏆APA (Annual Photography Awards) | 🏆Chromatic Photo Awards | 🏆PIL WC (Photo Is Light World Contest) | 🏆Nikon TPOTY (Travel Photography of The Year) | 🏆500px GPA (500px Global Photography Awards​) | 🏆ONE EYELAND | 🏆35Awards

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Extended Editorial

Resolution(dpi)

300

Focal Length(mm)

29

Shutter Speed(sec)

1/30

F-Stop

f/4.5

ISO

3200

Artist

Roberto Pazzi

Edition

1/1

Dimensions

7360x4906

Filetype

JPG

License

Extended Editorial

Can be used to display privately, or in commercial and non-commercial settings, or in groups with an unlimited number of participants. The license includes unlimited use and display in virtual or physical galleries, documentaries, and essays by the NFT holder. Provides no rights to create commercial merchandise, commercial distribution, or derivative works.

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