The Netherlands are very famous for their windmills.
Today, there are still more than a 1,000 windmills in existence.
The 19 strong windmills that were built near the village
of Kinderdijk are built around 1740.
The mills drain the excess water from the Alblasserwaard polders - which are situated below sea-level - after which the water is sluiced into the river Lek.
The powerful mill sails serve to transmit the force of the wind on to large paddle-wheels which scoop up the water.
Nowadays power-driven pumping engines do the job, including one of the largest water screw pumping-station in Europe.
The foundation "Wereld Erfgoed Kinderdijk" maintains
and preserves the windmills in Kinderdijk.
The preservation is not limited to the windmills themselves, but also covers the area in which the windmills are situated.
The foundation makes use of fonds from the government and the members of the foundation each contribute to the cost of maintenance.
Additional sponsoring should take care of reducing the backlog of repairs.
In 1997 the mills of Kinderdijk Holland were put on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
Pictures were made on different occasions between 2004 and 2008.
The last 4 pictures are made by my friend Jacques Chapel.
Enjoy pictures of windmills!