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Windmills are one of the most recognizable elements on the Mykonos landscape. Since the sixteenth century their rotating arms have never ceased to sway to the rhythm of the winds that caress the island.
But why were so many windmills erected on the island? The explanation is clearly strategic. Mykonos, also known as the "island of the winds", was a pivotal site on the great maritime trade route linking Venice and Asia. Its key position in the Aegean Sea, combined with the promise of continuous winds, led to the construction of these peculiar elements, which allowed the locals to harness sufficient energy to refine the grain and package it for shipment.
Only seven of these winged constructions remain. In the wake of the Industrial Revolution their importance gradually declined and they began to disappear from the island's landscape.
For those curious enough to wish to learn about one of the most prominent mills on Mykonos, we recommend the Mill Boni, which lies to the east of the town. This sixteenth-century mill still remains active thanks to its wood-fired stove.
In addition to admiring the mill from the outside, we also recommend a visit to the interior, which houses the Museum of Agriculture, where threshing machines, old kilns and a variety of agricultural implements are on display. A veritable island relic.