Mykonos

LATE ON SUNDAY evening, September 27, the Earth will slide precisely between the sun and the moon, throwing the satellite into a rusty red shadow. This’ll be the fourth total lunar eclipse in two years, but that doesn’t make it boring. Quite the opposite—this week’s event will be the last in this rare tetrad, and the most dramatic.

That’s because this lunar eclipse coincides with another astronomical event: a supermoon. That’s what it’s called when the moon’s mostly elliptical orbit brings it closest to Earth’s surface—about 220,000 miles away instead of its average 240,000 miles. During this total lunar eclipse, the moon will appear about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than Earthlings are used to seeing it.

And yes, it’...

The islands of Cyclades in Greece surprise every visitor with the unique cycladic architecture which has become famous beyond the Greek borders. It is definitely the ambassador of Greek islands architecture. Uncountable settlements of incredible beauty and architectural interest are based on the simplicity and the purity of constructive forms which are spread in every island from the smallest to the largest. Many settlements in Cyclades are characterized by their rich diversity inspired by the several civilizations who were attracted by the island of Cyclades. The Venetians who inspired many Cycladic islands like Tinos, Naxos, Sifnos, Milos, Kimolos and Sikinos have created beautiful castle-towns that belong to the flourishing medieval years, at a...

Mykonos owns its name to the son of the King of Delos, Mykonos. In fact, the history of Mykonos in the antiquity was much connected to the history of the neighbouring Delos. According to mythology, Hercules, in one of his twelve tasks, was fighting the Giants and, having killed them, he threw them in the sea where they petrified and turned into huge rocks, forming the island of Mykonos. Being in the shadow of the prosperous and spiritual island of Delos, where Leto was believed to has given birth to god Apollo and goddess Artemis, little things are known for Mykonos during the Ancient Times. We know, from excavations in the ancient site of Ftelia, that the first inhabitants of the island were Cares, succeeded by Phoenicians, Egyptians and then...

The Aegean Maritime Museum of Mykonos, Cyclades : The Aegean Maritime Museum of Mykonos opened its doors in 1985 and it is housed in a traditional Cycladic building of the 19th century in Mykonos Town, in the neighborhood of Tria Pigadia (Three Wells).   The aim of the museum is to present and study the history of the Greek nautical tradition. The exhibits of the museum include ship models from the early Minoan period until the beginning of the 20th century, historic shipping documents, rare engravings and maps as well as ancient items and tools. The library of the museum consists of 5,000 rare books and an interesting archive of manuscripts and photos.  
To International Foundation for Greece (IFG), is organizing a concert whose proceeds will go towards the construction of the new Archaeological Museum of Delos, ....... the design and implementation of which has taken the IFG. 

On July 2, Greek and international artists, among them: Nana Mouskouri, George Dalaras, Mario Frangoulis, Marc Lavoine, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Dany Brilliant, Dimitra Galani, Lavrentis Mahairitsas, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, John Haroulis Panos Mouzourakis, Alexandra Gravas, Alexander James & George Michael, EL Q, will join their voices in Kallimarmaro, giving this eager for the support and promotion of our cultural heritage. 

The event will be honored by the presence of the President of the Republic Mr. Prokopis...

Mykonos is one of the top tourist destinations and is known mainly for its cosmopolitan character. It is very picturesque, with narrow cobbled streets, many traditional white houses, churches and windmills, blue waters, offering peace and tranquility. The island's capital is called Chora, located in the west side of the island. Mykonos is known as the “windy island” and is in the heart of Cyclades. It is 94 nautical miles away from Piraeus and 71 from Rafina. It is also very close to Delos and Rinia. The island has an area of 88 km², is not flat, characterized by rocky peaks, with little vegetation and mild Mediterranean climate.

In a small series of islands in the Aegean Sea lies the tiny gem of Mykonos Island -- a dreamy destination for aspiring Greek gods and goddesses. Mykonos is a wonderful kaleidoscope of cosmopolitan shops, rocking bars, quaint windmills, homey taverns and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop. And it's not just the water that sparkles in the sun on Mykonos, but also the white marble streets and buildings that characterize the island's architecture. 

The beaches on the south shore of the island are the most popular with fine sand and water that is perfect for swimming. Ornos and Psarou beaches are the favorite among families, but Psarou is also ideal for water sports of all kinds, including windsurfing, water-skiing...

Churches & Monasteries 

Paraportiani Church 

In the Kastro, which is the original nucleus of the present-day town of Mykonos (on its northwestern edge), stands the Paraportiani, a group of building impressive for its shapes plasticity. In this location, during the Middle Ages, there was a tall, fortified tower, side by side and above one of the entrances to the Kastro. Now there is a complex made up of five churches altogether, four on the ground level and on the floor above, the church of the Virgin, which is the oldest of all. The Paraportiani, and the windmills are the island’s trademark. 

Post-Byzantina Era Churches 

The cathedral, Zoodoxos Pigi(Mitropoli), and Panachra, Agia Kyriaki, Agioa Nikolaos of the...

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