Rare Open Weekend at the Iconic Xarolla Windmill in Żurrieq This November
Do you have a curious mind and a passion for uncovering the secrets of Malta’s cultural heritage? If so, mark your calendars because we’re about to take you on an extraordinary journey to the heart of history for a rare open weekend at the iconic Xarolla Windmill in Żurrieq Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5 November and 11 and 12 November!
As you cross the threshold of this enchanting windmill, you’ll be transported to a bygone era. The Xarolla Windmill is a living relic of Malta’s fascinating past. It was once a vital source of flour production, serving the local community and the knights who protected the island.
The mill’s architecture itself is a marvel, showcasing the incredible craftsmanship of the period. The wooden blades, known as “sails,” hark back to a time when the wind’s power was harnessed to grind grain. Witnessing these historic elements up close is like stepping into a time machine.
Interestingly, The Xarolla Windmill was originally among a cluster of four windmills that once graced this picturesque village on the southwestern coast of Malta. Its story begins in 1724, during the illustrious reign of Grandmaster Antonio Manoel de Vilhena, who took it upon himself to commission five such mills across the island. This initiative was part of a larger windmill construction project undertaken by the Knights of St John, spanning from 1663 to 1773. However, the windmill legacy in Malta goes even further back, with evidence pointing to the existence of windmills on the island as early as 1530.
What sets these windmills apart is not just their historical significance but also their strategic placement. Each windmill was ingeniously situated within sight of its neighbouring mills. From the towering heights of these structures, millers could readily observe whether their counterparts were at work. This clever positioning served multiple purposes – it facilitated communication in an era when messages couldn’t be sent instantly, and it played a vital role in defence, allowing the mills to double as lookout posts in times of need.
The Xarolla Windmill, like its companions, bears witness to this rich heritage, and this weekend’s open event is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating tale of these iconic structures. It’s not just a glimpse into the past; it’s an exploration of Malta’s ingenious history and the resilience of its people. Head to Żurrieq this weekend and be prepared to journey back in time through the corridors of history.
4 and 5 November
11 and 12 November
From 9am until 6 pm
Entrance is free.