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Salardú Flour Mill

Era Mòla (Flour Mill) in Salardú.

Era Mòla (Flour Mill) in Salardú.

For centuries, the river current in Aran and the rest of the Pyrenees has been the main source of energy that has driven flour mills, saw mills and wool mills. We know of the existence of flour mills in Aran since the Middle Ages. These were communally-owned mills that supplied flour to the villagers.

Since 2003, the Mòla de Salardú has been one of the museums in the Val d’Aran. This old flour mill is first documented in 1613 and was in operation until the end of the Spanish Civil War. La Mòla represents the prototype of the Aran mill: a small-sized construction on one level built in the same materials used in local architecture: granite, wood and slate. In its restoration, a large part of the structure, objects and original surroundings of the building were preserved.

SPACES

<p>The miller could see everything that was happening in the <em>carcab&agrave;</em> through a trap in the ground</p>
Producing energy
Producing energy
<p>The fireplace was essential in Aranese flour mills.</p>
Transforming the grain
Transforming the grain

OBJECTS

<p>The sifter was connected to only one of the three grinders in the mill</p>
Sifter
Sifter
<p>A small wooden structure kept the bench in its place</p>
Bench
Bench
<p>The blades were the most important part of the cartridge. Their operation depended on how they were placed and inclined</p>
Roller
Roller
<p>The shaft was attached firmly to the cartridge by several wedges.</p>
Shaft
Shaft
<p>Some of the grains cultivated in Aran were rye, wheat, buckwheat, barley and corn</p>
Galin Reiau
Galin Reiau
<p>The scratches or small grooves sculpted in the grinding stones improved the grinding of the flour</p>
Grinding stones
Grinding stones

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