Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

The 1,000 year old windmills of Nashtifan

Watch more with these video collections:

In the small village of Nashtifan, Iran, some of the oldest windmills in the world, with what may be the earliest windmill design in the world, still spin. From National Geographic:

Made of natural clay, straw, and wood, the windmills have been milling grain for flour for an estimated 1,000 years. The vertical axis design is probably similar to the windmills that were invented by the Persians around 500 C.E.—a design that slowly spread through the world and which was later adapted by the Dutch and others.

Nashtifan’s original name was Nish Toofan, meaning ‘storm’s sting,’ a reference to the strong winds that blow through the area:

Though it’s recognized as a national heritage site, the ancient technology is tended to by only one person, Haj Ali Mohammad Etebari, an elderly custodian with no apprentices. He’s featured in the National Geographic vid above, as well as this documentary short by the International Wood Culture Society: The Old Windmill.

Watch more videos: The physics & engineering of windmills in The Netherlands and Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba story.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Making a cord drill & pump drill from sticks & rocks

Rion Nakaya

Burj Khalifa: The tech behind the world’s tallest building

Rion Nakaya

Energy 101: Wind Turbines

Rion Nakaya

The Human Piano: Super Mario Bros. Theme

Rion Nakaya

The spectacular stone monuments of Petra, Jordan

Rion Nakaya

How does a watermill work? From grain to flour with water power

Rion Nakaya

Go-Kart Racing With the Emirati Speed Sisters

Rion Nakaya

Installing massive statues with engineering and care at the Met

Rion Nakaya