The Maltese Windmill is in structure and layout similar to that of the Balearic Islands. This association is not surprising, as it was the Majorcan Grandmaster Cottoner who encouraged their construction. The windmill consists of a central tower around which a number of rooms form the rectangular base of the windmill itself. These rooms served as the storage area and the living quarters of the family operating the windmill. The grinding apparatus lies in the upper part of the circular tower.
The windmill at Hal-Qormi has been out of use for a number of years and can still be located near the Mriehel bypass. A similar windmill, found at Tax-Xarolla in Zurrieq, has been restored and may be seen in operation during favorable weather.
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