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The Mykonian textiles

The weaving art developed on Mykonos, Delos and Rineia. From the 17th to the 19th century, women made exceptional textiles from silk, linen and cotton. The Mykonian weavers were not satisfied with just meeting the household needs and in the first decades of the 20th century they sold textiles to the visitors that used to come to the island to visit the archaeological site of the neighboring Delos. After 1954 and for twenty consecutive years, the Mykonian textiles bloomed and their reputation had surpassed the Greek borders. In fact, about 500 looms were operating on the island at that time!   Info -The Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Mykonos offers various educational programs in an effort to preserve the weaving art on the island.  -If you wish to learn more about weaving, read the text about the Mykonian textiles by Dimitra Nazou on www.mykonostour.gr
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Chapels and country churches

In Chora and throughout the island there are many chapels and country churches with characteristic red roofs. They blend harmoniously with the rest of the farmhouses and they are perfectly integrated in each residential complex and the infertile landscape of the island with the characteristic smooth rocks. Many country churches were built between the 17th and 19th century, while many of them are modern.
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The Mykonian house

Most of the traditional houses in Chora have two floors, while the “kapetaneika” (the houses of the ship owners) have three floors. The lounge and the living room are located at the front part of the house. The kitchen is next to them, while the loom is usually in one of these rooms, too. The door of the house leads straight out on the street. In some houses there are indoor wooden staircases with hatches. The builders would put reeds, seaweeds, dirt and a mixture of lime mud and thick sand (called ‘kourasani’) over the floorboards. The streets are covered by the ‘katastegia’ (arched structures) that create roofed alleys and corridors passing under the roofs of two-storey buildings. Consequently, public spaces “invade” private ones and vice versa.      
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The towers of Mykonos

The towers of Mykonos attest to the existence of a very old defense system that protected the farmhouses and the settlements of the countryside. The tower of Linos is the most important one of them. An ancient marble column with the so-called “inscription of the Synoecism” carved on it was found here in 1873. The second most notable tower is located at Portes, over Platis Gialos. It is circular and has three granite stone blocks.
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Ancient wells

The so-called well of Yiannaros, the most important ancient well of the island, is hidden behind the Byzantine church of Panagia tou Kouzi near the tower of Platis Gialos. It is an underground well and it is lined with hewn stones. The well of Pouados, on the old road connecting Chora to Tourlos, is another notable old well.
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