Ottoman architecture in Turkey left plenty of hallmarks for architects and admirers to come including elaborately designed birdhouses.
Each birdhouse was affixed outside important structures like mosques, inns, bridges, libraries, schools, and fountains. Some of the houses even featured more than one floor for its avian guests. They have been labeled differently over the years: “kuş köşkü” (bird pavilions), “güvercinlik” (dovecots) and “serçe saray” (sparrow palace).
Although they remain a vital part of Turkey’s architectural history, only a few bird mansions have withstood the test of time. The oldest one is a 16th-century house affixed to the Büyükçekmece Bridge in Istanbul.