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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 19:51

The Landmarks of Mykonos, Greece

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Mykonos Island is located on the Cyclades and is a popular tourist destination known by travelers from all over the world. The historical and cultural background nurtured and preserved on the island is comparable to none. For this main reason, archeologists from all over the globe come here to explore the ancient architecture and some of the most famous spots on this spectacular island. Some places though, have earned more fame than others. They have been used as visual displays to a majority or travel guides and brochures to attract visitors. Over a long period of time, they have established themselves as landmarks to the island. Here are some of them:

 

Little Venice

 

Little Venice - Mykonos

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These are rows of fishing houses lining the waterfront with their balconies hanging over the sea. The first of these was constructed in the mid-18th century. They originally belonged to rich merchants or captains and the little basement doors that provided direct access to the sea and underground storage areas led people to believe that the owners were secretly pirates. Some of the houses have now been converted into bars and cafes or little shops and galleries where you can buy souvenirs from. Little Venice is considered one of the most romantic spots on the island and many people gather here to watch the sunset. The area attracts many artists who come to view the picturesque Mediterranean coastline.

 

The Wind Mills

 

Mykonos Wind Mills

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The Mykonos windmills are a defining feature of the Mykonian landscape. Most of them were built back in the 16th century. They are concentrated in the main town of Chora and all are north-facing to harness the strong northern winds. The most famous are the Kato Mili in Chora which stand strategically on a hill overlooking the sea. These windmills are symbols of an important aspect of the history of the island and many of them have been refurbished and restored. No windmills are in operation today but many of them serve as homes to locals or as museums and storage spaces.

 

Tria Pigadia

 

Three wells Mykonos

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If you want a dose history at its best, a tour of the three identical wells standing in the middle of the town will serve it right. The Tria Pigadia was built in the year 1722 as a source of water to the town. They are unique in the sense that they are only 5-6 meters deep contrary to the standard 30 meters depth. This is because they were dug at a place where water was easily accessible at a shallow depth.

 

Municipal Library

 

Municipal Library in Mykonos

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This is located on Ayia Kyriaki Square in the main town of Chora. It is an 18th century housing with over 8,000 volumes and a vast collection of 18th and 19th century documents, books and Cycladic coins. It also has old sketches and seals together with a personal library collection of an American artist, John Ratekin.

 

The Mykonos Theoxenia Boutique Hotel

 

Mykonos Theoxenia luxury hotel

 

If you are looking for a blend of luxury and comfort on this wonderful island, then Mykonos Theoxenia boutique hotel is the right place for you. It is located just a stone throw away from the golden sandy beaches right on the seafront of Mykonos town. It is strategically situated just 5 minutes away from the main port and airport allowing you to have easy access of the happening areas on the town. Its stylish and modern interiors will impress you. You even may end up extending your reservation for a few more days. With all these and much more in the offing, you will most probably fall in love with this island and pretty much feel at home away from home.

 

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