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Alpine mill

The ensemble of eight Alpine mills, located in the Austrian town of Heiligenblut, is unique. These buildings, built from short-lived tree in many surrounding villages suffered from the effects of the environment or have been destroyed by people. In Heiligenblut also survived by eight mills used in previous centuries for grinding grain.

A few centuries ago on the Sunny slopes of the Alps was not dominated by Prairie grasses and cold-resistant varieties of wheat. They were growing at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level. Almost every Alpine farm was established on an Alpine slope to its own mill. Some of these buildings belonged to several farms. They were more spacious and had several mills for processing grain. All the mills in the area of Heiligenblut was created not later than the XVIII century. The "new" structure dates back to 1792. In 1976, in the city Association was established, whose mandate was the protection of the Alpine mills.

All the mills represent wooden houses, raised above the ground on solid stilts. Under them runs a stream of water that rotates a mill wheel. Thus, all mills could operate simultaneously.

All buildings and water wheels were made of larch wood, and the millstone of granite.

Today, old mill renovated. Added some new steps and terraces is dilapidated. To rise to any mill, to look down at the water, rotating the wheel, at any time of the day.