Windmills are one of the symbols representing the Netherlands.
There are around 10,000 scattered around the Dutch countryside. Introduced in Europe in the12th Century, windmills in Holland sprung up to drain the flat marshlands – typical in Holland – that spread out below sea level, and make them inhabitable and arable.
They were then used for centuries for water distribution and to mill grain.
They were widespread in Holland since the absence of mountains favoured the flow of air currents enabling the force of the wind to be harnessed in full.
Today, windmills are still a source of non-polluting energy.