Powered by Wind: The Windmills of Mykonos
Powered By Wind
One of them may be missing its roof and sails, but five appear ready to get to work. The ‘Kato Milli’, six windmills, are located at the foot of Mykonos Town’s Mill Hill like little island sentries. These days, even in strong gusts of wind, the three-storey sextet with its gleaming white facades remains motionless. While they once secured the islanders’ livelihoods, their main purpose today is ‘merely’ to look pretty — and that’s enough to be revered as the symbol of the Cycladic island.
History At Your Fingertips
‘O Fournos tou Giora’ (Gioras Bakery), the most famous baker of this speciality, has preserved the traditional methods to this day, still baking bread and rusks in a wood-fired oven. Architecturally, the mills are characterised by their round shape with a pointed roof featuring small windows. The 12 wooden antennae each have a triangular sail made of the sort of heavy cotton fabric that is also used for sails on ships. Close by, the carefully furnished agricultural museum has an ancient stone wine press and other evidence of past labour on display.
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