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Smock windmill - Zabytek.pl

Koryciski, 32

woj. podlaskie, pow. hajnowski, gm. Dubicze Cerkiewne

One of the few examples of a well-preserved smock mill of a type which had once enjoyed an immense popularity in the Podlasie region.

It is also an intriguing specimen of a windmill which was adapted to convey power to a wide variety of agricultural machinery (a chaff cutter, a wood lathe, a thresher and a circular saw). Inside, the building features surviving period fixtures and fittings. Following a comprehensive restoration, in 2013 the windmill won the prize for the Best-Preserved Rural Wooden Historical Building in the Podlaskie Province.


The windmill was erected in the years 1947-1948. Until the year 1950, it served as a source of power for the nearby chaff cutter, wood lathe, thresher and circular saw. It was only in the 1950s that a millstone assembly was installed inside the structure. The windmill continued to operate as a gristmill until 1972. Today, the windmill is in excellent condition, having undergone a comprehensive restoration.


The windmill is located at the edge of the Koryciski village, on a piece of land owned by Bazyli Iwacik. It is a typical smock mill with an annex. The rotating cap with sails is covered with a gable roof. The body of the mill was designed on an octagonal plan, the length of each of its sides being 2 metres at the base. A simple deck with a crude wooden railing is positioned at the height of about 3 metres, surrounding the main body of the windmill. The total height of the structure is 12 metres. It is a wooden building with a post-and-beam structure, clad with vertical weatherboards, its roof covered with wood shingles. The interior is divided into the ground floor section and two upper storeys. At present, the ground-floor level serves as a carpentry shop. Inside, the windmill features a complete, original set of machinery and equipment.

3D Object

The building can be viewed from the outside.

compield by Grzegorz Ryżewski, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Białystok, 08-10-2014.


  • Record sheet, Koryciski. Wiatrak holenderski, prepared by Pawlik M., Białystok 1982, Archive of the Regional Monuments Protection Office in Białystok.
  • Konkurs na Najlepiej Zachowany Zabytek Wiejskiego Budownictwa Drewnianego w Województwie Podlaskim 2013, Białystok 2013, pp. 11-12.
Zdjęcie 360°

Category: windmill

Architecture: ludowy

Building material:  drewniane

Protection: Register of monuments, Monuments records

Inspire id: PL.1.9.ZIPOZ.NID_N_20_BL.17688, PL.1.9.ZIPOZ.NID_E_20_BL.18651