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The windmill

Some 3,000 windmills dot the Breton landscape, particularly along the coast and in the eastern part of the region. The windmill performed a function similar to that of the water mill, but was powered by wind instead of water. Windmills usually consisted of a cylindrical tower topped with a stone roof (or cap) to which the sails were attached. The cap, mounted on a circular track, could swivel 360º so that the sails could face the wind from any direction.

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Seaweed Burners
France, Brittany, Finistère, Pors-Poulhan
Study, gouache, on Ingres paper
Credit: Frédéric Back
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