Windmills in Crete

Limnes

Limnes windmills
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Windmills are characteristic of eastern Crete (Lassithi) and particularly of the province of Merambelo, where rivers are absent. In Western Crete, where there are more springs and rivers, watermills were developed. Another reason is Lasithi is one of the most windy places in Greece. The mills were built into mountainsides and in places exposed to the winds.

East of Limnes village, near Agios Ioannis church, we still meet two of the several windmill parks of Crete. Each park still hosts six windmills in a row (twelve overall), with the roofs being collapsed. These mills are of the more usual mill type, that turns only in a certain wind called Axetrocharis (this has rectangular shape). These mills were used for grinding grain. Only one of them is of the other type, Xetrocharis, that turns around according to wind.

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