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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Ta' Kola Windmill

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Ta' Kola Windmill 

Bambina Street, Xagħra, XRA 2112; tel: (+356) 21561071; http://www.heritagemalta.org

 

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Monday to Sunday: 9.00-17.00, last admission: 16.30; closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and Good Friday.

Combined admission fees to Ta' Kola Windmill and Ġgantija Temples are as follows: Regular ticket (18 - 59 years): €5; subsidised ticket: 12-17 years, senior citizens (60+), students: 3.50; children (6 -11 years): €2,50; children younger than 6 years of age may visit at no charge.

 

The windmill was built in 1786, replacing an earlier one that was condemned as unsafe in 1771 by Andrea Psaila. Baron Francesco Gauci donated four hundred of his own scudi towards this project which was overseen by the Vilhena Foundation. The mill served its original purpose until 1987 until the death of its last occupantĠużeppi Grech, known as Żeppu ta' Kola – hence its name; it was converted into a museum in 1992.

The basic structure consists of a series of rooms around a central stone tower, on which the grinding mechanism is located. The mechanism itself may be accessed through the spiral staircase.

The living quarters of the miller on the first floor have been restored to their original state. Amongst the more interesting items on display is the “bronja” - a shell that when blown used to emit a loud note to inform villagers that conditions were right for the mill to operate and that they could bring over their grains.

Other items on display include a Maltese faldetta (għonnella), a traditional ladies' garment; a baby's hammock; cooking utensils such as a container for the curing of meats; and tools and accessories for traditional crafts, including a weaving loom and an anvil.