Molen De Kat, Zaandam

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De Kat is the only remaining working windmill in the world which makes paint. The mill is in the Zaanse Schans, Zaanstad.
The original mill 'De Kat' was built in 1646 as an oil mill. In 1782 the mill was destroyed by fire but the mill was rapidly rebuilt again. The mill was in use until 1904 and then was partially demolished.
In 1960 the eight-sided paint mill 'De Duinjager' was removed from its former position owing to urban development and placed on top of the old storehouse of 'De Kat'. The mill is again grinding raw materials such as chalk to make pigments for paints in the traditional way. The mill is owned by the Vereniging De Zaansche Molen.
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  • this place is amazing and it will give you a new experience in traveling. I visited this place two times and I will have a third time if I got the chance.  more »
  • We ended up in this windmill during a stormy day so it was mostly for ourselves. The structure remains almost as its origins and it's very interesting to see. If you are curious about mechanisms...  more »
  • De Kat - The only working paint and dye mill in the whole entire world. It is amazing. You can see the paint and dye being made and explore the levels of the windmill and see the moving machinery. When me and my family came, we bought a combo ticket for the windmill. It is about €5 admission for adults and €2 admission for under 17 s. Photos can be taken. The paint and dye produced can be bought from the shop as well as other items. There is a balcony where there are amazing views. I am amazed and satisfied with this visit and recommend going. It is also free with the iamsterdam card
  • Visit a piece of art history. Fascinating to experience the birth of the reds, blues and yellows that have shaped European Art over the years. A great, working mill with an interesting story. Definitely worth a visit.
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