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Castelló d'Empúries Flour Mill and Eco-Museum

Revolution in grinding and all the force of water

<p>Do you know how grinding wheat has evolved from the Neolithic period to the Austro-Hungarian system? &copy;Pep Botey</p>

Do you know how grinding wheat has evolved from the Neolithic period to the Austro-Hungarian system? ©Pep Botey

The story began a long time ago, for as long as people have eaten corn and used a tool to turn it into flour. That was the very first mill. Since then, mill technology has evolved constantly, via industrialisation, to reach the modern system we have today. The Austro-Hungarian system was the first to produce completely white flour.

The models show how milling wheat has evolved.

From top to bottom and from bottom to top, in a complex network, the wheat, flour and other products follow a circuit that leads from one machine to the next. To understand the process better there is an audiovisual guide, which follows the wheat as it goes through the factory.

You can also see a Francis turbine, from 1905. The force of water put all the machines into motion through a complex series of wheels, pulleys and belts. An interactive model helps show how water creates energy.

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