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Bruges Sint-Janshuismolen

I was under the impression (after having seen several windmills in the Netherlands) that the red-white-blue strips were derived from the Dutch tricolour. So I found it surprising that this mill in Belgium also had it. Unless it was constructed/financed by Dutch individuals in the past. Or perhaps there is no connection at all to the flag. The Sint-Janshuis Mill, built in 1770, still occupies its original site and is the only functional mill open to visitors.

Bruges Sint-Janshuismolen

I was under the impression (after having seen several windmills in the Netherlands) that the red-white-blue strips were derived from the Dutch tricolour. So I found it surprising that this mill in Belgium also had it. Unless it was constructed/financed by Dutch individuals in the past. Or perhaps there is no connection at all to the flag. The Sint-Janshuis Mill, built in 1770, still occupies its original site and is the only functional mill open to visitors.

comments (17)

  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2018, 01:03
I had never considered that the colours of the sails were in connection to a flag!

Lovely photo smile
Ayush Basu: Thank you, CP. I still have to find out about the colours grin
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Nov 2018, 01:31
What work does it perform, Ayush...perhaps it pumps water?
Ayush Basu: It is used for grinding grains, Ray.
I hadn't thought of the colors before...
I love the light reflected off of it.
Ayush Basu: I was pleased to have come across it at that quality of light, Elizabeth.
Its a fine looking mill, Ayush. Its construction looks precarious on those wooden beams,
Ayush Basu: I did notice the horizontal beams are sagging a bit in the center, I would not go under there, Frank.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 11 Nov 2018, 06:35
It is a finely balanced thing Ayush, long may it revolve
Ayush Basu: It is operational one day a week I hear, Chris.
I wonder if Astrid knows Ayush?
Ayush Basu: At the moment, I am none too wiser, Bill.
Il est vraiment très très beau ce moulin.
Jolie photo.
Bonne journée Ayush
Ayush Basu: Merci, Pascale. It was a pleasure to shoot this mill.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 11 Nov 2018, 10:01
I think you are fascinated with windmills, Ayush - thank you for sharing them
Ayush Basu: Yes, they have some simple engineering and the Dutch, though not the inventors of the windmill, have really taken it to a whole new level, Lisl.
This one reminds me of a grain elevator.
Ayush Basu: It does grind grain still, Mary.
Still standing after all those years. I'm sure the red-white-blue strips have some significance, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I could not find it so far, Beverly.
An absolutely perfect shot of this lovely mill.
Ayush Basu: I was pleased to have come across it at that quality of light, Brian.
wow, cool. Not the design we're used to seeing also. smile
Ayush Basu: I think you could get some good shots with a drone around here, Rob!
Is it for grinding grains? Lovely capture... smile
Ayush Basu: You are right, Sudipto.
I'd be curious about that, too, Ayush. Hmmm. Of course, there is a lot of Dutch influence in Belgium, even if they might not want to admit it?
Ayush Basu: That is true, Ginnie.
seems like such a simple construction... it probably was, that's why windmills are genius!
Ayush Basu: I agree with you, Elaine.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Nov 2018, 10:16
As far as I know, this part of Flanders was under Dutch rule around the 17th century. It may be the reason. The West Flanders colours are red, yellow and blue. Maybe there is no national connection - just a coincidence. I visited these mills in June.
Ayush Basu: I suppose there is no connection, Louis. Yes, I remember you mentioned you were there.
This wasn't a Fleming place?

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