A Guide to the Windmills of Mykonos

A brief history of Mykonos’ windmillsWindmills were built and in use in Mykonos from around the 1500s and up to the first decades of the 20th century. The windmills were used to grind grain into flour, primarily wheat and barley. The farmers would take their crops to the mills, then receive the equivalent weight in flour or monetary compensation. There were 28 windmills in operation in Mykonos. This intense activity made Mykonos rather affluent and a necessary port to stop and resupply for all ships passing through the Cyclades. Mykonos became famous and a main supplier of the iconic rusk called ‘paximadi’, which sailors used as their main substitute for bread on long journeys in the sea. With the advent of electricity, the use of windmills for grinding grain was gradually abandoned and many of the windmills fell into disrepair. Nowadays there are 16 windmills still standing, prese ...

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