Todays images are of windmills in The Hague.
The weekend of 14th & 15 May 2011 is National Windmill Day celebrating this national icon of The Netherlands. Many of the windmills are open to the public during National Windmill Day.
Two windmills can be found in The Hague and surrounding municipal districts. The ‘Laakmolen’ or ‘Galgemole’ windmill located near to the centre of The Hague at Trekweg 102 and the ‘Korenaer’ or ‘Molen Prins Maurits’ windmill located at Margaretha van Hennebergweg 2a, Loosduinen.
Windmills are some of the oldest structures in The Netherlands. The ‘Laakmolen’ or ‘Galgemole’ and the ‘Korenaer’ or ‘Molen Prins Maurits’ windmills date from the late 17th and early 18th centuries respectively. The ‘Laakmolen’ or ‘Galgemole’ is a poldermolen (polder windmill) and is used to control the water levels in the polders by pumping out the excess water and the ‘Korenaer’ or ‘Molen Prins Maurits’ is a korenmolen (corn windmill) and its function is to grind corn.
Todays photographs were taken on 14th & 15 May 2011. For additional images of National Windmill Day .