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Published on Oct 17, 2010
Schiedam lies to the west of Rotterdam,The Netherlands. It has a small yet charming 18th century town center, looking like a pocket-size Amsterdam. At the western edge of Schiedam's old center, lined up along the former outer canal, stand the world's six tallest windmills. Their location explains their height. When the windmills were built, between 1770 and 1803, they stood in what was then the edge of town and the industrial area. They were built for the grinding of grain needed for the distillation of gin, then Schiedam's main industry. To catch as much wind as possible, they were made to stand high above the city, which came to lie at their feet. Filmed by John Valk. Textsource:http://goeurope.about.com/od/thenethe... see also http://bit.ly/9AHb4n