Throughout history, people used wind power for several services. For starters, sailors put sails into the wind and the next step was to use wind to provide mechanical power. As we know, Greek engineer Heron of Alexandria invented in the 1st century a wind-driven wheel to power an organ. In the 9th century, several windmills were built in Persia and used to pump water and grind corn. In Europe, the first windmills appeared approximately in the 12th century. However, the windmills used in Europe had a significantly different design. Almost all the windmills used in the medieval Europe rotated on horizontal axles. Here are some famous windmills that you can still visit.
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Even today there are over 1,000 old windmills located in the Netherlands. The largest concentration of these beautiful Old Dutch windmills is situated near the village of Kinderdijk. The village’s name can be translated as “Children’s dike”. Around the year 1740, approximately 18 windmills were built with the purpose to drain the excess water from the polders. Even in the present days, these windmills can be used, due to their excellentpreservation. To be mentioned that Kinderdijk is one of the main tourist attractions in the Netherlands.
Windmills of La Mancha
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Castilla-La Manca homes one of the most vast arid plains of central Spain. This beautiful land is filled with medieval castles, tasteful wine and windmills. These wonderful windmills are also mentioned in “Don Quixote” by Miguel Cervantes. The novel was published in two volumes in 1605 and 1615. It is considered the first modern novel and has been translated in several languages. When visiting Spain, this is a great place to see, especially if you are a fan of the novel.
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The Zaanse Scans is known as a museum and an open-air conservation area. This beautiful place is situated on the bank of the river Zaan, in the Netherlands. When visiting this place, you will notice the traditional architecture of the area, which varies from the 17th and 18th century. Zaanse Scans also homes black and green traditional wooden hoses and many beautiful windmills, which are also functional.
Windmills can be considered a piece of art that during history helped people to facilitate their work. Have you seen a functional old windmill?
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