27 Dec '14, 7pm

The Windmills of Iran

The windmills, that catch winds up to 120 km/hr (74 miles/hr), are made from clay, straw and wood and still work to this day (see video right). Sadly they are not used as much as they once were. Many of the adobe (sun dried clay brick) vaulted rooms that house the milling stones below the blades have collapsed, but some are being restored to save this unique heritage. There are about 30 of these windmills scattered thought the area reach heights of 15-20m (50-65ft). The windmills at Nashtifan are believed to have been built during the Safavid dynasty (1501–1736) and are among the oldest in the world. At about the same time in 16th century Europe baking bread was hard work and time consuming.

Full article: http://www.naturalhomes.org/nashtifaan-windmills.htm

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