Friday, October 24, 2008


A UNESCO Heritage site in Netherlands with 19 windmills dating from the 1500s is Kinderdijk in Ducth meaning "Child's Dike".
One of the windmills is opened for visitors to get a pretty good idea about the functioning of the windmill as well as living quarters for the caretaker.
The mills drain the excess water from the Alblasserwaard polders - which are situated below sea-level - after which the water is sluiced into the river Lek. The powerful mill sails serve to transmit the force of the wind on to large paddle-wheels which scoop up the water.

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