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Consuegra is a municipality located in the province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain.
Most Spanish windmills, like those described in Cervantes' Don Quixote can be found in the province of La Mancha in central Spain. The best examples of restored Spanish windmills may be found in Consuegra where several mills spike the hill just outside of town, giving us a spectacular view of the 12th century castle and of the town. The castle was once a stronghold when Consuegra was the seat and priory of the Knights of San Juan,the Spanish branch of the Knight's Hospitallers of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Windmills are also located in Mota del Cuervo, Tomelloso, and Campo de Criptana.
Consuegra is famous due to its windmills. They started to be known in the XVI century. The introduction of the windmills was made by "Caballeros Sanjuanistas", who brought these machines that helped millers. These machines used the wind to grind grain (the most common grain is wheat). The windmills were transmitted from fathers to sons.They usually consisted of two rooms or levels. Millers had to carry sacs of grains that could weigh 60 or 70 kilos to the top floor, they rotated the sails of the windmill as the top part of the windmill or dome was moveable. They stopped being used at the beginning of 1980s.

Consuegra´s castle:

It is said that the emperor Trajano constructed the fortress. The most probable thing is that the fortress belonged to the first epoch of the Reconquest. It was given in times of Alfonso VIII to the Sovereign Military Order of San Juan of Jerusalem, and it had a double line of walls, three towers. In 1813 it was destroyed during the War of the Spanish Independence. In 1962 the castle, which as part of the disentailment of 1836 had gone on to particular hands, is given to the town hall. It began a period of rehabilitation, with a great impulse in 1985 with the creation of the School Workshop, which works even continue today. A famous battle was held here. The castle of Consuegra is surrounded with windmills. The locality of Consuegra has Roman roots and visigodas. The first reconstruction of castle was made by Almanzor in the 10th century. The castle was recovered by the Christians in the middle of the 12th century.

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