Xarolla Windmill

Coordinates: 35°49′54.5″N 14°28′50.5″E / 35.831806°N 14.480694°E / 35.831806; 14.480694
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Xarolla Windmill
Xarolla Windmill
Coordinates35°49′54.5″N 14°28′50.5″E / 35.831806°N 14.480694°E / 35.831806; 14.480694
Year built1724
PurposeCorn mill
TypeTower mill
No. of sailsSix sails
Type of sailsCommon sails

The Xarolla Windmill at Żurrieq, Malta is one of the windmills constructed by the Order of St. John in the villages and towns of Malta. It was built in the 18th century and is presently one of the most preserved windmills in Malta. The windmill is an agri-tourism attraction and is found in a complex of agricultural buildings such as a farmhouse, a chapel, catacombs[1][2] and others. The windmill is also used as an art studio.[3]

In 1674 Grand Master Nicolas Cotoner built five windmills around Malta, one of which was tax-Xarolla. Tax-Xarolla Windmill was built by Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena in 1724. Sometimes after 1998, this was restored to its original working order. It is now the only functioning windmill on the islands of Malta.[1] This is a valuable witness of local culture and heritage; it still has parts of the original mechanisms and can still grind the wheat. In the year 2000, this building was passed over to be administered by the Żurrieq Local Council and is intended to serve also as a cultural centre.[4][5][6][7][8] The sails were extensively damaged in a gale on 18 March 2022.[9]


  1. ^ a b DOI (24 February 2005). WIRJA PERMANENTI DWAR L-IMTIEĦEN TAR-RIĦ . Department of Information (DOI), Valletta, Malta. Press release no. 0282. Retrieved 18 June 2026.
  2. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Time to get those walking boots on".
  3. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Artistic anarchy in Bubaqra".
  4. ^ "Windmills of malta - Xarolla Windmill". www.windmillsofmalta.nl.
  5. ^ "Account Suspended". www.zurrieqparish.org.
  6. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Xarolla Windmill to serve as base for artistic project".
  7. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Xarolla windmill extensively damaged".
  8. ^ "Art off the mainstream grid - Ryan Falzon".
  9. ^ "Żurrieq's Xarolla windmill damaged by gale-force winds". Times of Malta. 19 March 2022. Retrieved 22 March 2022.