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Xarolla Windmill

Grandmaster Nicolo Cottoner build five windmills around Malta. One of these was the windmill built in Nigret, Zurrieq, known ‘tal-Qaret’. After some time, in 1724, Grandmaster Vilhena re-built another windmill next to it, known as ta’ Marmara, which was the surname of the first person to work in the same windmill, Luret Marmara. The windmill known as tas-Salib, was built by the Gafa’ family, and owes its name to the village cross situated just to the south west of the same windmill. Another windmill is that known as tax-Xarolla, was built by Grandmaster Manoel de Vilhena, in 1724. In 1992, this was restored to its original working order is now the only functioning windmill in the islands of Malta and Gozo. This is a manifestation of local culture and heritage still displaying parts of the original mechanisms and can still grain the wheat.


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