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Sights

Hora
The capital of the island impresses the visitor with its housing architecture, that, contrary to other Cycladic capitals, is not built amphitheatrically, but in length, presenting an aesthetic cohesion. The church of Panagia Paraportiani, the Town hall and the castle that is found in elevation above the harbour, are definately places that worth seeing in the settlement. On the beach you will find the Kazarma with arches, were the soldiers of Manto  Mavrogenous were accommodated, while her residence was on the first floor. Here also exists the old school of Mavros that was built in 1857, built by the Bavarian mechanic Weiler with an expense of Markos Mavros.

Town hall
The town hall is accommodated in a building of the 18th century, with a red tiled roof and an interesting facade, creation of the Russian consul, Ioannis Voinovits, during the Russian occupation of the Cyclades (1770-1774). Previously it was named Kantzelaria. The building was linked with the space of the small temple of Agios Nikolaos Kadenas that was found on an islet with an arched bridge. The church of Agios Nikolaos Kadenas was found in this place at least since 1700, while the islet which is a protector of the harbour from the winds, exists in all naval maps of the 15th century.

Alefkantra

One of the most picturesque corners of the island is Alefkantra or “Little Venice”, a district with residences over the sea, which began to be built in the middle of the 18th century and had all the residences of rich tradesmen and captains. Here you will see a marvellous architecture with colourful balconies, windows, doors, staircases, wooden balconies, which are literally covered by the waves and give to the district  an image of the known Italian city.

Ano Mera
The second traditional settlement of Mykonos after Hora is Ano Mera, in the hinterland of the island, that is developed in a big extent around the historical monastery of Panagia  Tourliani  (a temple of the 16th century with brilliant wood carved iconostasis). North of Ano Mera, in the region Ftelia, lies an important Neolithic settlement and a Mycenaean grave from the 14th-13th century B.C

Hellenistic Towers

In various points of the island Hellenistic towers are preserved, however most impressive are the Tower of Linos, that is found south-east of Hora. There, one can trace remains of a settlement with a tower of diameter of 10-11 metres, which is preserved at a height of four levels. Also, two Hellenistic towers with a diameter of 3,50 m, are found above Platis Yalos, in the place Portes.

Museums
Mykonos has appreciable museums: The main ones are:

Archaeological Museum
It is accommodated in a neoclassical building of 1902 with a tiled roof and pediments. It is one of the oldest museums of Greece. It includes a collection of ceramics from the common grave of Rineia. In the many showcases of the first room most known types of vessels are exhibited. In the centre of room E' there is the most known exhibit of the museum:a tomb amphorae with embossed representations from the war of Troy. In room G' two big wedding boilers are exposed. In room D ' tomb columns are exposed. In A' room vessels from Mykonos are exposed, work of miniature art, earthen figurines, jewels and arms. The distinctive place in the middle of the room occupies a small copper kouros from the 6th cent. B.C.

Folklore Museum

It was founded in 1962 with action of the Folklore Collection of Mykonos and initiatives as well as donations of Prof. Kyriazopoulos. It is accommodated in a building of the 18th century which belonged to Captain Nikolas Malouchos , built  on the maintained part of the walls that constituted part of the Castle of Mykonos. It includes a collection of mykonian furniture, post Byzantine sculptures and ceramics, brass and iron keys, traditional musical instruments etc.  It also has an archive with historical documents and a small library. Among its exhibits are included parts of the furnishing of old mykonian residences.

Naval Museum of the Aegean

It is accommodated in an old, renovated Cycladic mansion of the 19th century in the place “Tria Pigadia”, which is located in the centre of the island. It has heirlooms from the naval history of Mykonos. Here one finds effigies of boats from the pre - Minoan period up to the 19th century, historical naval documents, old maps and engraved depictions, naval instruments, tools and parts as well as old anchors. From an ancient point of interest it presents a collection of ancient coins from the 5th cent. B.C. to the 5th cent. A.D. and some marble copies of tomb stones from Delos and Mykonos that are exposed outside.

Municipal Art gallery

Centre of exhibitions and cultural events of the island is the Municipal Art gallery. It hosts works of Greek and foreign artists in its building that is found in Matogianni and functions many times in collaboration with the annex of the School of Arts of Athens that is accommodated in an idyllic environment in the region of Hora .

The municipal Library

A renovated mansion of 1735 -which belonged to the Mavrogenni family- at the Agia Kyriaki square, with the donation of Ioannis Meletopoulos, hosts the source of knowledge with roughly 6000 volumes of books. A collection of ancient currencies and old seals that are exhibited permanently in the same space, presents great interest.

Lighthouse of Mykonos
In the end of the cape Armenistis, in the northern coast of Mykonos, a Lighthouse of a height of 100 m. was built in 1889 on steep rocks. It lights up the strait between Tinos and Mykonos.

Palaiokastro- Venetian Castle
Very close to Ano Mera and up on a hill you will find Palaiokastro with the known Venetian castle of Gkizi that began from reconstruction of the pre-existing Byzantine castle. There is also found the nun monastery of Palaiokastro of the 18th century,a formal sample of monastery architecture of the Cyclades.

Settlement of Agios Stefanos
The settlement of Agios Stefanos climbs up the slope above the beach, from where one can enjoy a marvellous view to the surrounding islands Tinos, Syros, Rineia.

Mill of Boni

One of the older mills of Hora that has been repaired and functions as it did in the old years. It looks at Hora from one marvellous balcony precisely above the city.

The house of Lena

It is a beautiful traditional house of the 19th century renovated, with formal setting of a representative island house and with such furnishing and decoration that reflects the urban life of the period.

Churches

Mykonos has many churches and chapels. Their total number exceeds 600 in the whole island. More impressive both in structure and form is the famous Panagia Paraportiani. Other important churches are Panagia Tourliani , Agios Panteleimon , Panagia  Pigadiotissa  etc.

Ancient wells

In the region where the Portes are, behind the Byzantine church of Panagia of Kouzis, there is the most interesting of the wells that is named well of Giannaros. This is an underground structure from axed granite stones with an opening for the pumping of water and a ladder. This structure is speculated that it is related with a farm house in the place Korakas at the highest point of the hill. Similar well with an opening for the pumping of water and a ladder of communication is Pouados, behind Agios-Giorgis in the old street from Hora to Tourlos. These wells have still water and are still used today.

Islets

Mykonos has very impressive and virgin islets, which  definately deserve your visit. In the south-western side of the island you will find the Prasonisia while on the south-eastern you will find the islet Htapodia. Next to the beautiful bay of Panormos, in the northern part of Mykonos lies the picturesque Marmaronisi.
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