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This photo was taken in the West zone of Portugal, of a locality called Furadouro, in Torres Vedras County. The exact place of the mills, unfortunately I do not know the name.

The West region has the greatest amount of wind mills of Europe. A live symbol of a fertile and laborious land, the wind mills had not supported the impact of the Industrial Revolution meeting many in ruin or deactivation. The recovery of these devices is, therefore, of extreme importance, since the millers are few who courageously persist in an arduous and noble task brought of generations without memory. Still it has few decades, the mill was a personage of vital importance for the people of the West, responsible for the "miracle" to transform the grains into flour that would serve for the production of the bread. The solitude of the miller, that frequently habited the earth floor of the mill, was companied by the whistle of the wind and the rhythmic singing of its bouzios that, when silencing , brought the miller off deep sleep to place the wind sails facing the wind.
The amounts of grain that these mills produced varied very from case to case, considering the diameter of the millstones, consuming degree, nature, weight of the rocks, and above of everything the rotation speed.
In small mills , the average production can be calculated in about 10 to 15 kg/hour.
The necessity to preserve so rich patrimonium of incalculable cultural value has been a constant concern of the responsible ones of the city council, making us also remember that it fits to each one of us, while People, the defend the patrimonium that to all belongs.

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