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Traveling in Mykonos, Greece
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8 Lesser Known Facts About Mykonos
Running a bit late here getting my Scoop together, but better late than never.
I was hoping to hear from Tanya today, as she is visiting Mykonos as I wanted to see photos and add them to today's blog. Her wifi hasn't been good, but so far, we've been communicating decently via text. But, no word from my dear cuz as of yet.
In any case, let's jump into the low down on Mykonos.
8 Lesser Known Facts About
The Greek island is part of the Cyclades, the island group located southeast of the mainland of Greece in the Aegean Sea,
Spanning an area of 33.0 square miles, it rises to an elevation of 1,119 feet at its highest point, with most of the inhabitants living in the largest town, also known as Mykonos, which lies on the west coast.
1. "The Island of the Winds"
Mykonos's nickname is "The Island of the Winds"
2. Mykonos, the Town is also called Chora
There is a common practice in Greece whereby when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town, it is referred to as "Chora" which literally means "the Town" in Greek.
3. Gay-Friendly Destination
With tourism as a major industry Mykonos, it is well known for having a vibrant nightlife and for being a gay-friendly destination with many establishments catering for the LGBT community.
4. Build a house, build a church first rule
There is a good reason why the island has so many churches. For a number of years, the islanders were required to build a church first on their land, if they were going to be building a house.
5. The Official Mascot of Mykonos is a Pelican
In 1954, Petros the Pelican took up permanent residence on the island after a storm. After his death the residents elected a successory to carry on his legacy and for over 60 years Petros has been the official mascot of the island.
6. Windmills are a Defining Feature of the Mykonian Landscape
The Mykonos windmills can be found all around the island, with a large concentration in the main town of Chora. The famous "Kato Mili" in Chora (Greek for lower mills), stand in a row on a hill overlooking the sea and harness the strong northern winds. Built by the Venetians in the 16th century to mill flour, they remained in use until the early 20th century and today many have been refurbished and serve as homes to locals and vaults to numerous Mykonian heritage documents.
7. The Oldest House on the Island is a Museum
The Folklore Museum, the oldest house on the island is home to a collection of 19th-century furniture, jewelery, ceramics embroideries, marble sculptures, tombstones and a variety of other trinkets, and also pays tribute to Mykonos' traditional nautical roots with models of 19th-century Mykonian ships, maps and an anchor and canons used during the Greek War of Independence.
8. There is Only One Catholic Church on Mykonos
The Catholic Church of Mykonos was built in 1668 and dedicated to the Virgin of St. Rosary with renovated in 1677 the by Bishop Leonardo Xanthakis. The icon of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus between Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena was transported to Mykonos from Venice in 1715.
See ya back here tomorrow!!