The Windmills of Mykonos   

The Lower Mills are by the sea, southeast of the country. They are white and sea oriented. The mills are among the most famous monuments of the Cyclades. Their initial use was for grinding cereals. Nowadays they are kept in a good condition and are around seven.

The mill with the almost perfect condition is the Geronymou Mill, which operated until 1960 and still retains much of its equipment. The mills were whitewashed three-storey building with a cylindrical shape, small windows and wooden conical roof. On it was a special construction which rotates according to the wind and made grinding mechanisms be put into operation.

From the 17th to the 19th century, those mills helped the island's economy since they sypplied the passing by ships with bakery goods. In the 19th century there were 28 mills, which formed the first industrial units of the island.

The best known mill is the "Boni Windmill" which is preserved as a museum, where various activities take place. Also, some of the mills have been renovated by individuals to be inhabited.

 



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