Ios Windmills

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Location: Chora

The traditional windmills of Ios, Cyclades: Walking to the entrance of Chora, the capital of Ios, you will see some very well preserved windmills now used as homes surrounded by beautiful, colorful gardens. The majority of the windmills are found in the beautiful Cycladic town of Chora. Twelve windmills on the top of the mountain slope complete its scenic beauty. They are worn by the weather but they still proudly watch over the small church of Agios Nikolaos nearby. At least, two of these windmills have been restored today.

Back in the day, the windmills were used to produce energy to grind grains and helped enormously by adding to the agricultural economy and satisfying the food requirements of the island. Today they stand as ornamental monuments that add to the landscape and bear testimony to the unique local architecture. These charming structures that look over the turquoise Aegean Sea are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites of the island.



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