See the 1,000-Year-Old Windmills Still in Use Today

See the 1,000-Year-Old Windmills Still in Use Today | National Geographic

These amazing windmills are among the oldest in the world. Located in the Iranian town of Nashtifan, initially named Nish Toofan, or “storm’s sting,” the windmills have withstood winds of up to 74 miles an hour. With the design thought to have been created in eastern Persia between 500-900 A.D., they have been in use for several centuries.

Made from clay, straw, and wood, the windmills stand up to 65 feet in height with grinding stones in a room below for pressing grain into flour. And while there are about thirty similar mills around the area, in 2002 the windmills of Nashtifan were registered as a national heritage site by Iran’s Cultural Heritage Department, unique in that they are one of the few still operational.

20 Comments on “See the 1,000-Year-Old Windmills Still in Use Today”

  1. that's a shame, really……..the loss of this tech is rather troubling……..it SHOULD be
    preserved…….maybe someone from tehran should step up, after all, this sort of
    thing is, like y'know, a national heritage.

  2. What’s with the mideastern fool giving the talk? Can’t understand the accent, was a immediate pause and comment. How about using someone that speaks English in a understandable way?

  3. Societies that stay in touch with their roots are the most successful ones.Its sad that he has no apperentice

  4. Its made by wood. But the quistion how its its remain by no damage in thousand years also there is no paint. Unbeliavble…..something is wrong

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