Ta’ Kola Windmill
The windmill’s name Ta’ Kola is connected to the last miller, Ġuzeppi Grech, who was popularly known as Żeppu ta’ Kola. Yet, this is one of the few surviving windmills on the Maltese Islands dating to the Knights’ Period.
Located in Xagħra, Gozo, the origins of this windmill go back to 1725, during the magistracy of Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena (1722-36). Apparently, the use of bad quality stones and mortar, led to its dismantling and reconstruction in the 1780s.
Its construction follows a plan which is echoed in most Maltese windmills of the period, consisting of a number of rooms on two floors surrounding the centrally-placed cylindrical stone tower. The latter houses the wooden milling mechanism that still incorporates the original circular grinding stones between which grain is crushed into flour.
When the wind was favourable for the mill to be operated, the miller would let the locals know by blowing through a triton-shell, and villagers would then bring their cereals to be ground into flour. During bad weather, when it was impossible to employ the mill, the miller would have probably dedicated himself to other secondary jobs in order to earn his living.
At the ground floor of this historical windmill, visitors can observe the workshop premises that holds a vast array of tools, some of which were manufactured by the last owners of the mill. On the first floor, the living quarters of the miller, including the kitchen, dining room and bedrooms, were recreated using traditional furniture and items related to Gozitan crafts, to provide a glimpse of this island’s local traditional rural life in the past centuries. Various traditional utensils and cooking ware, which today are hard to come across, are exhibited in the kitchen of this windmill.
Other Heritage Malta sites in the vicinity: Ġgantija Temples.
Monday to Sunday:
9.00 – 17.00hrs
(last admission at 16.30hrs)
Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January, Good Friday
Xagħra XRA 2112,
Tel: +356 21 561 071
– Adults (18 – 59 years): €10.00
– Youths (12 – 17 years), Senior Citizens (60 years & over), Concessions, and Students: €8.00
– Children (6 – 11 years): €6.00
– Infants (1 – 5 years): Free
Above fee includes admission to Ta’ Kola Windmill and Ġgantija Temples.