Don Quixote windmills
The landscape of the Don Quixote windmills in La Mancha was picturesque. We also took the opportunity to see the solid wooden mechanism inside driving the mill. For centuries, the tower mills had been used for grinding grains.
There were several windows around the tower. From these windows, the miller could keep watch on the shifting winds. When winds changed, the miller would have to move the tiller beam or tailpole to turn the mill. Thus, he’d decide when to open and/or close which window (s) depending on the direction of the wind. Otherwise, it could result in the total destruction of the building.
The windmills became famous in the 16th century when Don Quixote of La Mancha Vol. 1 was first published in 1605.
La Mancha is Don Quixote country. Quixote, a retired country gentleman nearing fifty years, set out from his village of La Mancha acted as a chivalry. He approached his neighbor, Sancho Panza, and asked him to be his squire, promising him governorship of an island. From here their series of famous adventures began, starting with Don Quixote’s attacked on windmills that he believed to be ferocious giants.
See Cee’s wheels and more entries…
Happy Wednesday 🙂