Featured - Adverts

Ta’ Kola Windmill

Popular Attractions

Description

Ta’ Kola Windmill in Xagħra, Gozo, is one of the few surviving windmills on the Maltese Islands dating back to the Knights’ Period. Its origins go back to 1725 during the magistracy of Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena (1722-36). As its construction seems to have incorporated bad quality stones and mortar, it had to be dismantled and reconstructed during the 1780s.


The windmill’s name Ta’ Kola is connected with the last miller, Ġuzeppi Grech who was popularly known as Żeppu ta’ Kola (Joseph the son of Nikola).


Apart from operating the windmill, the miller would likely have performed several secondary jobs to keep himself employed when weather conditions made it impossible to operate the mill. When the wind was favourable for the mill to be operated, the miller would let the locals know by blowing through a triton-shell (Maltese bronja) and villagers would then bring their cereals to be ground into flour.


Its construction follows a plan which is echoed in most Maltese windmills of the period and consists of a number of rooms on two floors surrounding the centrally-placed cylindrical stone tower. The latter houses the milling mechanism which consists of two circular hard-wearing stones placed on top of each other to crush the grain forced between the two rotating surfaces.


On the ground floor of the windmill one can observe the workshop premises containing a vast array of tools, some of which were originally manufactured by the owners of the mill. On the first floor, the living quarters of the miller including the kitchen, dining room and bedrooms, have been recreated using traditional furniture and items related to Gozitan crafts. In the kitchen one may find traditional utensils and cooking ware which are today hard to come across.


 


Reasons to visit



  1. One of the few surviving windmills on the Maltese Islands dating to the Knights’ period.

  2. Provides a glimpse of local traditional rural life of Gozo in the past centuries.

  3. Houses one of the largest known collections of tools, some of which were manufactured by the last miller who lived inside the mill.



 



Open Monday to Sunday: 9.00 - 17.00, Last admission: 16.30


Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January, Good Friday

More details

Name Description
In This Ad - Holiday - Recreation I am offering my services
Seller Type Other
Area Gozo
Web Site Ta’ Kola Windmill

Ad details

Ad ID : 54
Bambina Street, ,, , - XRA 2112,
8942 Views

Advertiser details

GGG.Zone (110)
+3xxx xxxxx show
Contact Advertiser Share

Add comment

 
Related adverts
 

Phone number

Sorry, you need to register or login first.

Email

Sorry, you need to register or login first.

Ta’ Kola Windmill

Contact form

What's wrong with this ad?

Sorry, you need to register or login first.

Add to favorites

Sorry, you need to register or login first.

Top Ads!

Ad - Search

Eur

Who's Online

We have 102 guests and no members online