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View towards northeast from Hora, Patmos, Greece at My Favourite Planet

View towards the northeast of Patmos from Hora village, with 16th century windmills.
Wheat and other cereals have been grown on Patmos since prehistory, and it is believed that the Aegean islands were on one of the main routes along which farming techniques from the Middle East were transmitted to Europe.

Two of these windmills on a hill just below Hora village were built in 1588 (the third in 1863), when the relatively new technology spread throughout Europe. For millenia people had ground cereals for flour by hand or using animal power. Water-powered mills were already in use in Roman times, but the knowledge of this technology was lost in many places during Medieval times, and was not suitable for such dry places as Patmos.

Windmills caused something of a technological revolution in Europe at the time of the Renaissance as they represented the first widespread use of large machinery. Farmers would bring their cereals to the millers, many of whom became wealthy from the trade.

Following the Industrial Revolution, flour production was increasingly moved to larger factories powered by steam, then electricity, making the old windmills redundant. Flour production on Patmos finally ceased in the 1950s and the windmills were abandoned and became derelict.

Since 2009 the windmills have been restored for use as an example of conservation, alternative technology, as a cultural and educational resource and tourist attraction.

For further information see:

Windmills of the Monastery of St. John the Theologian
at www.thebestinheritage.com

www.europanostra.org/awards/71/

The International Molinological Society (TIMS)
www.molinology.org

Ελληνικοί Μύλοι, Greek Mills by TIMS members
www.hellenicmills.gr (Greek only)

See also photos of windmills on the island of Samos
on Samos gallery pages 46-47.
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16th century windmills on the east coast of Patmos island, Greece at My Favourite Planet

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