Mykonos Castle

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Location: Town

The Castle of Chora: Like most Cycladic islands, Mykonos faced problems because of pirate attacks in the past. The Venetian Castle of Chora was built on a hill providing a panoramic view of the sea to offer protection to the locals. Until the 17th century, the residents of Chora lived inside the shielded Castle’s area, which boasted reinforced stone walls and defensive turrets that were constructed for maximum security. Today, the Castle of Chora is a beautiful spot in Mykonos with picturesque whitewashed alleys, narrow streets, and interesting worth-visiting sights.

The famous Mykonian Church of Panagia Paraportiani is located next to the Castle’s gate and that is why the residents chose this specific name for it. In particular, “Paraportiani” is the Greek word for “Next to the door”, indicating that the Church is right next to the gate (door) of the Castle. Close to the Church of Panagia Paraportiani, lies the Folklore Museum of Mykonos; it houses a collection of paintings, ceramics, lithographs, old tools, and much more. A lot of restaurants and bars are also located nearby.

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