The island of Mykonos has a long history and at times has had a relatively important part to play in ancient Greek history. Early on, it provided the nearby religious island of Delos with supply’s, and was even named after the son of a Delos king. In the days of Alexander the Great it had become an important market place providing goods to people from all over the area.
In 1207, Mykonos was taken over by Venice until in 1537, it was invaded by the Turks. They ruled there until it was finally liberated and put back into Greek hands in 1830 as a result of the Greek Revolution.
Historical attractions of Mykonos
Today, the island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece and is famed for its cosmopolitan, party atmosphere. However if you are planning a trip there, it is worth taking a look into some of the highlights of the island’s past. There are several historical attractions of Mykonos that should not be missed, they include;
The Windmills – The 16th century windmills situated in the western part of Mykonos Town are one of the most recognisable features of the whole island. They offer a look at how the island used to produce what was then one of its main exports, wheat and bread; there is even a fully operational windmill so you can get a real feel for the process.
Churches – Mykonos is littered with small churches, many of which are hundreds of years old. Of the 200 or so the island has to offer, Panagia Paraportiani is probably the one most worth a visit. Work began on the church in 1425 and took a couple of centuries to complete which is unsurprising considering the complexity of the design. Panagia Paraportiani is made up of five chapels, with one resting on top of the other four.
Delos Island – Delos island is situated just a couple of KM away from Mykonos and is a must see for all history buffs. The island has been subject to much archaeological research which has reviled many artefacts and some spectacular architecture.
Museums on Mykonos
In order to make the most of the historical sites on Mykonos, it is wise to visit the various museums there, they include;
Archaeological Museum – Situated in Mykonos Town, this museum is full of artefacts and goods that were found on the nearby island of Delos. A visit to the Archaeological Museum is a great place to go just before going to see the historical island for yourself.
Folklore Museum – Also in Mykonos Town you will find the Folklore museum, which is the house of an 18th century Sea Captain. All the furniture, décor and artefacts there are as they would have been when the Captain was alive, making the house itself the museum. A second branch of this museum is known as Lena’s House, which is a complete replica of a 19th century middle class home.
Aegean Maritime Museum – A great collection of all things related to the sea including ancient vessels and nautical instruments.
Agricultural Museum – Situated near the windmills, this museum is a great place to visit for all interested in agricultural history.
Alex is a travel blogger for saint john – luxury mykonos hotel. He lives in Greece, Trikala with his wife, but he enjoys visiting the Greek islands all the time, especially the summer.