De Kat, Zaandam

Coordinates: 52°28′30″N 4°49′04″E / 52.4750°N 4.8178°E / 52.4750; 4.8178
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De Kat in 2007
Dyes made at De Kat

De Kat is the only remaining working windmill in the world which makes paint. The mill is in the Zaanse Schans, Zaanstad.

The original mill 'De Kat' was built in 1646 as an oil mill. In 1782 it was destroyed by fire but was rapidly rebuilt again. The mill was in use until 1904 and then was partially demolished.

In 1960 the eight-sided paint mill 'De Duinjager' was removed from its former position owing to urban development and placed on top of the old storehouse of 'De Kat'. The mill is again grinding raw materials such as chalk to make pigments for paints in the traditional way. The mill is owned by the Vereniging De Zaansche Molen.


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52°28′30″N 4°49′04″E / 52.4750°N 4.8178°E / 52.4750; 4.8178