Ta’ Kola Windmill in Xaghra reopens on Saturday following restoration
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Ta' Kola Windmill in Xaghra Gozo, will reopen its doors to the visitors on Saturday, after it was temporary closed due to works on the final phase of the windmill's mechanism reconstruction.
The project to restore Ta' Kola Windmill, which was carried out by Heritage Malta, kicked off about three years ago. The works consisted of the removal of the old milling mechanism, the installation of the wooden structure which supports the two milling stones and extensive work on the internal mechanism and the wooden cone.
The restoration project was completed this week when the antennae of the mill were reinstalled back to their original status.
Ta' Kola Windmill is one of the few surviving windmills on the island, and dates back to the Knights' period. The name was adopted from the last miller, Guzeppi Grech, who was popularly known as Zeppu ta' Kola. He left the windmill to the nation after his death in 1986.
At ground floor level there is the workshop containing a vast array of tools, some of which were originally manufactured by the owners of the mill. The first floor houses the living quarters of the miller including the kitchen, dining room and bedrooms, the second floor accommodates the milling mechanism, which consists of two circular hard-wearing stones placed on top of each other to crush the grain forced between the two rotating surfaces.
Ta' Kola Windmill opens every day between 9.00am and 5.00pm, last entry at 4.30pm.