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Mykonos history: Learn about the history of the famous island of Mykonos Greece

   
Mykonos Greece took its name from the son of the King of Delos.
In the Greek mythology, Mykonos history is linked with the myth of Hercules, fighting against the Giants. The hero killed the last giants and threw them on the island where they petrified and formed some huge rocks.

The history of Mykonos

Little is known about the history of the Island during Ancient times because it was in the shadow of the prosperous island of Delos.
The first inhabitants of the island were Cares.

Then, the island was inhabited by Phoenicians, Egyptians and Cretans, later followed by Ionians.

In 1207, the Venetians, the Ghizis

Dynasty in particular, conquered the island of Mykonos and Tinos.

A century later, Mykonos was conceded to Venice by Georgios Ghizis, the last Venetian ruler. After that, the island was totally destroyed.
In 1537, Mykonos felt under Turkish occupation. During this period, the islanders proved to be great sailors and offered their experience and fleet to the War of Independence.

A rich history on Mykonos island

The island had 22 ships with a crew of 500 persons and 140 cannons.
One of the heroic figures of the war is a woman, the famous Mando Mavrogenous, who helped financing the revolution, organised battles and managed to repulse the

Turkish domination from the island in 1822.

After the independence of Greece in 1830, Mykonos Island was economically destroyed and lost all of its ships. The island succeeded into rebuilding their commercial power.


During the period between World War I and II, Mykonos saw its first visitors arriving.

They were then coming to discover the archaeological ruins of Delos.

Since the mid 50s, the island has been progressively transformed into the famous and important tourism resort that it is today.
 
   

 
       DELOS
Delos is a small Island in the centre of the Cyclades...more

        FESTIVALS
Every year, the Municipality of Mykonos and some local association organise...more
       ARCHITECTURE
Most of the Cycladic villages have adopted a similar architecture : little white cubic ... more
       CHURCHES
The Panagia Paraportiani is the most famous church...more
 

 
 

 

 

 

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