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The windmills

Over 70 windmills were built on Santorini as in the other Cycladic islands, to produce flour by exploiting wind power. It is possible that they existed from the 14th century and there are significant Ottoman documents concerning their operation. The presence of the vault, which was the characteristic element of the island's buildings, also influenced the construction of the windmills, creating a type of interior arrangement which is not encountered elsewhere in Greece. 
Another original feature was the combination of mills and ovens (bakeries), which constituted a single business, forming a whole building complex with the house for the miller and his family and various other buildings. Some of these windmills today have been converted into houses.

* Source: "The windmills of Santorini", by architect Stephanos Nomikos, from the book "Santorini-Thera, Therasia, Aspronisi, Volcanoes", by Ioannis Danezis/2001. Editor in chief Emm. A. Lignos.

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