"Going Dutch - Molen de Put" Windmill Tip by iandsmith

Windmill, Leiden: 19 reviews and 32 photos

  A pleasing scene
by iandsmith
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      A pleasing scene
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I found this whole scene aesthetically pleasing with the windmill situated adjacent to the bridge. My only disappointment was that this mill was only 20 years old when I viewed it in 2007 though it had been constructed where another mill had been before.
It is a replica of the wooden cornmill built in 1619 by Jan Janszoon Put.
Rembrandt's parents had a similair windmill. A drawbridge connected the two windmills. At the walls surrounding Leiden there were 19 of these windmills. In early sketches done by Rembrandt you will note several of these windmills. In 1640 Der Windmolen de Put was destroyed by fire though it was soon rebuilt. In 1729 the wooden one was replaced by a stone one like windmill de Valk but It was demolished in 1817. That was the history before this one. It is a replica of the first one though with a twist as the windmill as a whole revolves to take best advantage of the wind.
The Moorsport, one of the original entrances to the city, lies on the other side of the bridge and there's a park with a war memorial next to the windmill as well.
Molen is Dutch for "mill" and, obviously, the rest means "of Put".

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  • Updated Jun 20, 2007
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