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Sightseeing in Mykonos

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Little Venice

Little Venice is one of the most romantic places in the whole of Mykonos. This neighborhood is replete with elegant and gorgeous old houses that are situated precariously on the edge of the sea. Many discerning travelers in the past have fallen in love with this charming quarter to its magnetic appeal. Quite amazing are the sunset views from Little Venice. Little Venice evolved from the picturesque Alevkantra beach and extends right into the peripherial areas of Kastro, as it is popularly referred to. Visitors are highly recommended to stay in one of the quaint houses that dot the Mykonos shoreline for the sheer pleasure that they afford. You can sit down with a peg or two of your favorite tipple in the quintessential wooden stairways even as the surging waves crash underneath. In fact many an artist have portrayed the magnetic beauty of Little Venice in their priceless artworks, etchings and paintings thereby promoting the reputation of this esteemed neighborhood of Mykonos to the outside world. No wonder, Little Venice is today among the most photographed tourist neighborhood in the whole of Europe. There are plenty of entertainment options ranging from pulsating discotheques to well-stocked bars where party animals are known to jive well past midnight. Art galleries too abound here and exhibitions of renowned artists area a regular feature. In the days of yore, many distinguished sailors had built their houses right on the picturesque shoreline. Many of these houses have today been converted into chic bars which are still very conspicuous by their old world charm. You can still sit down with your folks over endless pegs of your favorite liqueur and watch the solitary shipping vessel cruise by at the distant horizon creating a surreal impression.

Location, log/Lat: 37.446219,25.326309

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mykonos windmills

The windmills are the quintessential features of Mykonos landscape. There are plenty of them that have become a part and parcel of Mykonos. Visitors to Mykonos can see the windmills irrespective of the locale. From a distance one can easily figure out the windmills, courtesy of their silhouette. They are primarily concentrated in the neighborhood of Chora and some are also located in and around Alevkantra. These innovative wheels were primarily used for crushing agricultural yields. In all there were 16 such windmills in operation. They are conspicuous by their snow-white color, spherical shape with the customary pointed roof made of the finest variety of wood. The Windmills of Chora and the ones at Ano Mera were a great boon to the people of those localities and they were primarily used for grinding the agricultural produce that were meant to be transported to places outside Mykonos. As of now, with the advent of modernity, the windmills are no longer operational. But they continue to be a symbol of Mykonos rich virile past. Being hundred of years old, most of the windmills have been thoroughly renovated and some have even been converted into museums, the most famous being the Bonis Windmill. Mykonos windmills are a living testimony of the island's use of innovation when it came to tapping the enormous power of the wind to grind Mykonos agricultural produces.

Location, log/Lat: 37.4445065,25.3256006

Archaeological Museum

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The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos was erected in 1902. The Museum was set up primarily to preserve the vestiges recovered from the Purification Pit which dates back to 426-425 B.C. This pit was unearthed in the year 1898 by renowned scholar D. Stavropoulos from the picturesque islet of Rheneia. The museum's elegant architectural feature was designed by the renowned architect, Alexandros Lykakis. The museum's edifice is conspicuous by its distinct neoclassical features. The spacious room to the east of the museum was built in the year 1972 to make room for numerous additional historical relics and vestiges of the past. On display at the museum are countless intricately designed vases, some of which dates back to the prehistoric times. The collection of vases belonging to the Hellenistic period are also noteworthy by their presence. One of the museum's principal attractions are the rather artistically done up pithos skillfully depicting the scenes from the Capture of Troy. One of the museums best known artifacts is the Archaic Hydria which is embellished with intricately designed floral pattern and images of horses. It is just one among the many vases that were unearthed from the Purification Pit. The marvelous red-figure hydria too is well worth a look and is conspicuous by the stature of a flying Nike. A deer is seen scampering towards the left hand side. Ancient Greek civilization was known to use clay for giving shape to artistic figures. The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos has on display a superb Clay figurine of a beautiful woman who is depicted as wearing the traditional chiton and himation. This rare clay figurine was discovered at Rheneia and dates back to the 2nd century. Also conspicuous by its presence is the statue of a dead man wearing the traditional dress. Like the Clay figurine of the beautiful woman, this statue of the dead man too was unearthed from the locality of Hellenistic Rheneia.

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Location, log/Lat: 37.4501073,25.3295679

Agricultural Museum

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The Agricultural Museum of Mykonos is an open-air site, although part of the display is housed in the Boni windmill, dating from the 16th century and belonging to the Folklore Museum of the island. This windmill is placed on a hill in the area of Ano Myloi, meaning "Upper Windmills", overlooking the bay of the capital town, to the east of the island. The Agricultural Museum is actually a division of the Folklore Museum and it exhibits a vast collection of agricultural tools that were traditionally used in the centuries before industrialization, as well as certain items related with the production of farm products. Some of the main exhibits are a traditional threshing machine and a village-style oven, as well as a wine press, a water wheel, a stone water tank and a dovecote. On the other hand, there is a festivity held in this museum every year on the second Sunday of September, the feast of the grape harvest. The Agricultural Museum of Mykonos is very popular among visitors, not only because of its exhibits, but also because it gives the chance to get to know the inside of an authentic windmill, which by the way, is still functioning. The windmill also includes the miller's house and two little twin churches. Besides, it offers very nice views to the town below. Another positive point about this interesting site is that has no admission charge.

Location, log/Lat: 37.446614,25.3308061

Armenistis Lighthouse

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The Armenistis Lighthouse is ideally located in Cape Armenistis, a neighborhood of Mykonos. This old lighthouse stands like a sentinel over the Armenistis area and stands as a mute testimony to thr rich maritime past of Mykonos. At present, this legendary lighthouse is managed by the Hellenic Navy's Hydrographic Office. The lighthouse is all of 19 meters in height. The best part about this lighthouse which is conspicuous by its octagonal tower is that it is still in operation. In order to visit the Armenistis lighthouse, one has to take the road from Agios Stefanos.

Location, log/Lat: 37.4899614,25.3144892

House of Lena

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Lena's House Museum is a 19th-century, middle-class Mykonian house, complete with furnishings. A branch of the Folklore Museum, Lena's House is located at Tria Pigadia in the town of Mykonos and it is an authentic middle-class Mykonian residence of the 19th century, representing a typical internal arrangement of space. Named after the last owner of the house, Lena Skrivanou, it contains a spacious drawing room, two bedrooms and two courtyards and a dovecote. The rich antique furnishings, such as large frames containing splendid prints, the tapestries, the wood carvings, old mirrors, painted plates, etc. are quite popular amongst the visitors.

Location, log/Lat: 37.4453046,25.3285155

Panagia Paraportiani

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The lovely church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Paraportiani is among the most photographed churches not only in Mykonos, but in the whole world. It is located at the entrance of Kastro neighbourhood, right by the sea. Its name (Paraportiani) actually means standing next to the entrance door, meaning that the church was next to the Castle door. The special thing about this church is that it actually consists of five small churches that were built one on top or next to the other. The church of Agios Efstathios is the centre of this complex, surrounded by the churches of Agios Anargyros, Agios Sozon and Agia Anastasia. On top of these four churches, there is the church of Virgin Mary, which looks like a dome. The five churches were not contructed at once, but gradually along centuries. The oldest church is Agios Anargyros, which was built in late 14th century. The other churches were built in the 16th and the 17th century, while there were renovations till 1920.

Location, log/Lat: 37.4471415,25.3257272