Saturday, 13 December 2014

The Windmills of Consuegra, Spain

Consuegra is famous for its windmills. These are the same ones, though restored,  that Don Quixote fought in Cervante's novel "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha"  when he mistook the sails for the arms of giants. Because of the windmills Consuegra is part of the 'Don Quixote trail' which takes travellers around the main sights mentioned in the book.

The first windmill appeared more in the 11th century, although in Castile-La Mancha it was not before the 16th century.
Image credit Marc

The first windmill appeared more in the 11th century, although in Castile-La Mancha it was not before the 16th century. Once these lands stood about 32 mills in the region now total 10 mills. Today, only three mills date back to the 16th century (Burleto, Infante and Sardinero). The rest were built in the 20th century. Typical manchegskie mill-This whitewashed building with one door and small square window. They were built of wood. Upstairs are the spider that spun by the wind and driven by a toothed gear. Gear mechanism in turn moved the circular stone, located on the second in the same stone. Between these two stones were wheat, which result milled. Thus, in particular, has the crosspieces Burleto mill diameter of six meters and with twelve windows, as it is believed that in this area the twelve winds blowing. The interior consists of three levels. Serve as the bottom two barns, and trills level is the threshing mechanism, which is still working.

The first windmill appeared more in the 11th century, although in Castile-La Mancha it was not before the 16th century.
Image credit David

The windmills are attractive round white windmills with black roofs and sails and sit in a line of 11 along the top of a hill. There were 13 originally and 11 of them remain. Each of the windmills has its own name. The windmills stopped being used for grinding grain in the 1980s though one is now used as an ice-cream shop - a welcome place to cool down from the high summer temperatures experienced in Castilla La Mancha. The tourist office is housed inside one of the windmills giving you a chance to step inside.

The first windmill appeared more in the 11th century, although in Castile-La Mancha it was not before the 16th century.
Image credit Txemi López

The windmills and the surrounding planes and views over Consuegra below are highly photogenic. The fields around Consuegra turn purple in the autumn as the saffron crocuses bloom and one of the windmills (the one called Sancho) is set in motion each year for the celebration's of the harvest of the saffron crop. The celebrations take place on the last weekend of October. Also on the ridge overlooking the town is a ruined castle of 10th century Moorish origin and from here you get great views over the surrounding plains and the windmills.

The first windmill appeared more in the 11th century, although in Castile-La Mancha it was not before the 16th century.
Image credit Javier R. Linera

Windmills Toledo, Spain.
Windmills Toledo, Spain. Image credit calvin1961

The first windmill appeared more in the 11th century, although in Castile-La Mancha it was not before the 16th century.

Windmill of La Mancha. Molinos, sol y luna. Windmill in the mountain. Molino en la montaña.
Windmill of La Mancha. Molinos, sol y luna. Windmill in the mountain. Molino en la montaña. Image credit Rickseventy79Comprar-fotos.com

Windmill in Castilla La Mancha
Windmill in Castilla La Mancha. Image credit Emma Jespersen

Image of two people riding a horse and a donkey with background about windmills of La Mancha.
Image of two people riding a horse and a donkey with background about windmills of La Mancha. Image credit Centro de Estudios de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM)
Molinos de La Mancha.
Molinos de La Mancha. Image credit Robert Grant

Inside the windmill.
Inside the windmill. Image credit FredioChen

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