What to see in Corcubión
Corcubion, land of calm and bravery
The dovecote is a construction with a practically ornamental functionality, since the economic profitability of the doves is rather low. It usually appears as an annexed building in pazos, manor houses, monasteries or rectory houses. The oldest references to its existence in Galicia are from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries (the first known graphic representation appears in the Cantigas de Santa María, by Alfonso X).
They are exempt constructions, in nearby and high places, with dry land, sheltered from the dominant winds and without trees around to prevent the settlement of birds of prey.
In Corcubión there are only a few examples of this architecture, with a total of two in the town centre: one in Campo de San Antonio and another in Agra da Ribeira. They belong to the cylindrical plant typology, with the perimeter walls made of stone masonry, a small access door and a conical roof made of tiles. The upper part of the wall ends in a piece of stone, the sill, over which there are small holes for the entrance of pigeons.