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    Ιn 1955, a young student of the Geneva School of Architecture, Manuel Baud-Bovy, visited Tinos for the first time, staying in a cottage on the sandy beach of Kiona.

    While exploring the island, Manuel came across some unusual buildings that he had never heard of before. With growing surprise and enthusiasm, in each of his excursions he discovered lonely dovecotes on sandy beaches, others nestling into the slopes and others dominating the heights, each surpassing the last in beauty and dignity.

    Thanks to his father, Samuel, an ethnomusicologist, Manuel had developed an interest in the study of folk culture. Moreover, his famous grandfather, Daniel, had published studies and books on traditional Swiss architecture …

    Manuel Baud-Bovy, deeply impressed, thought of compiling a systematic list of the dovecotes. He walked all over the island and sometimes slept in a village, sometimes under the stars or on a threshing floor, in a chapel, or even in an abandoned dovecote. He discovered about eight hundred of them, which he recorded in four large albums with detailed plans, theories and thoughts, which he submitted to the Geneva School of Architecture for his doctoral dissertation.

    After 60 and more years, a selection of this rare and valuable material becomes a book, enriched with introductory texts and many photographic documents that capture the dovecotes as they were preserved in 1955. In this way, this work strongly highlights the need to protect our cultural heritage while encouraging us to tramp the paths of the island once more …

  • Additional information

    Weight 800 g
    Dimensions 21,5 × 24 cm


    English, Greek

    Pages 176
    Images 40
    Drawings 126
  • July 2021

      Manuel Baud-Bovy was born in 1935 in Switzerland, growing up in a family of personalities who instilled in him a love for the Arts and for Greece. His grandfather, Daniel Baud-Bovy, an art historian, had conquered the summit of Olympus with his inseparable friend and emblematic Hellenist Fred Boissonnas in 1913, while his father, Samuel, was distinguished as a philologist, musician and musicologist of Greek folk music.

      From a young age, Manuel Baud-Bovy was interested in folk architecture, the natural landscape, ethnography and folk tradition in general.

      As architects, Manuel Baud-Bovy and his wife Aristea Tzanou have been mainly engaged in studies of the organization and spatial planning of tourist areas and of countries such as Cyprus and Iran. Manuel Baud-Bovy also participated in or directed studies and activities of international organizations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In Greece, Manuel Baud-Bovy and Aristea Tzanou participated in international competitions: “Redesigning the Monumental Axis of Aristotelous Street in Thessaloniki” (2nd prize, 2000), and “Marina at Alimos, Phaleron” (2nd prize, 2002).

      Manuel Baud-Bovy has written many articles and studies in his field, such as Architecture in Zagori, Kapesovo and Other Neighboring Villages (2010), while his book Tourism and Recreation Development (1977) was translated into Chinese as a university textbook.

      The Baud-Bovy couple split their time between Geneva, Switzerland and Pelion, Magnesia.


A 1955 stroll amongst the creations of the stonemason’s craft


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