Mediterranean Wind Mills


Mediterranean Wind Mills is part of the Tentative list of Spain in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The proposed property comprises windmills in the Campo de Cartagena, a landscape in Murcia that extends from the Sierra de Carrascoy to the Mediterranean coast. Most windmills were built in the 18th and 19th centuries and were used for milling flour, grinding salt, oil production and pumping water. The main characteristic of these windmills is the use of triangular lateen sails instead of blades.

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Caspar Dechmann

Switzerland - 22-Mar-23 -

Mediterranean Wind Mills (T) by Caspar Dechmann

I visited the Molino viejo de Zabala, west of Cartagena. It is indicated on this website as one of the locations of this nomination though I didn't find out why since I didn't find it in the nomination a there are hundreds more. There are also larger groupe of windmills what would increase the pleasure of the visit. As far as I could see they seem all protected.  This single mill is small and about 300 years old. Tt is rightfully preserved but it is a very simple construction and I doubt it varies greatly from similar mills in Greece or the Balkan. If you have experienced the incredible complexity of dutch mills, for example at Kinderdijk or even more in Zaandam with many different functions and technical finesses there seems little reason to inscribe the Spanish mills. 

Zoƫ Sheng

Chinese-Canadian - 20-Oct-18 -

Mediterranean Wind Mills (T) by Zoe Sheng

Chasing these wind mills a la Don Quixote is not necessary. If you are anywhere near Murcia you can easily plot your drive past one them. With these flat lands it is also easy to spot them. They are not operational anymore but the one in the picture still looks in good condition. Another one just down the road is missing several blades. They appear to be on private land but you can go close enough to see everything.

The documentation for inclusion is severely lacking any criteria and uniqueness. They have influence from the Dutch and Belgian windmills.

Something to see on the way, not something to make a day trip out of and don't waste your money hiring a taxi for this.

Full Name
Mediterranean Wind Mills
Structure - Civic and Public Works
2001 Revision

Includes former TWHS Molinos de viento del Campo de Cartagena (2001)

1998 Added to Tentative List

Unesco Website: Mediterranean Wind Mills
Full list of the 182 windmills

The site has 4 locations

Mediterranean Wind Mills: Molinos de viento del Campo de Cartagena (T)
Mediterranean Wind Mills: Molino viejo de Zabala (T)
Mediterranean Wind Mills: Molinos de Campo de Criptana (T)
Mediterranean Wind Mills: Molinos de Alcublas (T)
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