Pigeons in the city and their symbolism

Birds

This was the topic of a recent photography challenge that I missed. But this is also a continuation of my post from last week, in which I showed you this place - the central square in the center of the city, the pedestrian zone of Dimitrovgrad. The so called "Poetry" Square.
Yeah, it sure is a Poetry Square, when birds like it so much. 😊

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Pigeons as urban birds are perhaps the most wronged birds that can exist. I am even surprised by this fact, and I am sure you will be surprised too, when you realize it.
Yes, life in the city is hard for all animals. For all cats and dogs if your country allows them to exist on city streets as it is in my country of origin. But life is hard for birds too. They too, like dogs and cats, struggle for survival.
But... there is always a 'but' when I talk about pigeons.
There is something mystical about these birds.

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It wouldn't be if they weren't so woven into human history - from Noah's ark, through messengers during wars, and then the Pablo Picasso's paintings.

Doves have always been symbols of peace, freedom and hope. They were heralds, saviors, messenger and heroes, sacred birds perhaps.
The white dove plays in world history the symbolic role of the white swallow in Bulgarian folklore. I will not tell you this tale now. At least because it tells about a non-existent animal, while the white dove exists to this day - an extremely beautiful and noble animal. And yet underestimated.

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It was in Malta when I first saw these signs: do not feed the pigeons.
I felt strange. As if feeding some starving animal is a crime. To this day, I don't understand these signs, which I see more and more nowadays. I also don't understand the fences of broken glass and barbed wire stretched over various surfaces to prevent pigeons from landing on them.

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Are these animals really a pest? In the urban environment. Have we so quickly forgotten their so important role in human history? And another thing - have you noticed that pigeons are the main inhabitants of monasteries and churches - on the roofs or, if possible, inside the buildings themselves. Doesn't that say enough about them and their symbolism, their meaning? Their hidden meaning, which we were once able to decipher and realize, but today we can no longer do.


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Hive.jpgSoul's Detour is a project started by me years ago when I had a blog about historical and not so popular tourist destinations in Eastern Belgium, West Germany and Luxembourg. Nowadays, this blog no longer exists, but I'm still here - passionate about architecture, art and mysteries and eager to share my discoveries and point of view with you.


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Birds are so beautiful, I like singing type best and like you said we can't get ride of them, they are of great importance to man in different areas, talk of pollination in agric

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If we talk about songbirds, pigeons do not fall into this category at all, but it is certain that they too, like every other creature, have their function in the natural chain, which is vital for our survival on earth.
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That's true, everyone has their own unique attributes

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We, humans, unfortunately tend to stop appreciating things and beings that are not longer of direct "usefulness" to us.

Once again a very great article!

Thank you very much and have a great day!

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You're right. I think it is wrong to deny, reject and destroy everything that no longer serves us directly. It is hypocritical, selfish, and utterly destructive. Which can only be found in human nature.
Thank you again for appreciating it!
Have a great day you too!
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Hello @soulsdetour , without a doubt the pigeon is an animal with a lot of history, unfortunately some people know it, others do not. In the place where I live there are also many of these birds, in fact those who feed them are the grandparents who sit in the squares to spend some time, it's like a way to distract themselves, feeding the popcorn.

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Maybe it's not just a distraction. But also that they want to feed the hungry. I have no idea how these birds manage to feed themselves in the city. I guess it's very difficult for them. And yet, there are still good people who do.
Regarding history - one only needs to have a general view of human history to be aware of the great significance of these birds in it.
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Hi there, @soulsdetour. 😃 I've always loved birds and their presence around houses. But I wonder what attracts them to the Poetry Square in such large numbers!

It's sad how these birds are treated. Just as we rely on nature to feed and survived, shouldn't we be quick to spare some food for them too?

Cool pictures. 😊😊 Thanks for sharing.

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Yes, this post was actually intended to be photographic, but when I decided to share my opinion on the subject, the photos seemed to lag a little behind. Thank you!
What attracts the birds, I suppose, is the water in the large fountain, which looks, as I joked recently, like a lake. In this city, temperatures can get very high in the summer, and the poor birds find shelter from the heat here. It is truly an impressive sight to see their sheer numbers in that place. That's exactly why I took these pictures. 😊
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A beautiful garden, and the dove is not a pest in my opinion, although in my city there is no such scene, I strongly object if anyone says beautiful birds are pests, as you said, we must remember well their meaningful role

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It's not a garden 😄 I already told you. It's the pedestrian zone in the center of a town. How do the city centers in your country look like?

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😅😅, yaa Even though I've seen in your posts before, I forgot😁

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The city center in my place you can never imagine, in comparison, my city is a small village in your city, that's for example, there are only mini parks and congested roads, no pedestrian zones or bike zones, except in other cities in Indonesia

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Yeah, I understand. Small settlements really have no pedestrian zones. Sometimes they even have no parks. It all depends on the size. 🙂

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