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Tuesday 30 October 2007

The White Dream in Mykonos: Wind Riders

The windmills are probably the most recognisable landmarks in Mykonos. They have been in existence since the 16th century.

The region of Ano Meria has most of the Upper Mills of Hora. Together with those that operated in other parts of the island, they once served the residents of their local area and the countryside; whilst the Lower Mills of Hora were, according to tradition, mainly involved with the grinding of grain for areas outside the island.

The Lower Mills of Hora are the signature landmarks in postcards on Mykonos.

The closer view of he Lower Mills of Hora from one of the Upper Mills of Hora is just so spectacular.

The windmills do not operate by solid propellers but with sails on yards. When the windmills are not in operation, the sails are all rolled up on the yards. Once the sails are unrolled, they will ride on the wind. Therefore, if there is an unbalanced and unequal pressure of the wind on certain one-piece sails, the yards would break and the whole rotating mechanism would be destroyed. For this reason, it was forbidden to build near a mill and or quite a distance around it because the buildings nearby would cause swirling wind passing on to the windmills.

The Lower Mills of Hora as viewed from Little Venice.

The windmills are basically whitewashed cylinders with conical wooden roof covered with straws. However, the simple architecture is just so pleasing to the eyes. They are just so cute.

The basic geometrical forms of cylinders and cones.

The whole roll of wind riders.

The same roll of windmills from a lower viewing angle.

The sails are all rolled up on the yards when they are not in operation.

This is one of the Upper Mills of Hora where the sails are partly unrolled to ride on the wind.

If you would like to read more of my travelogues on Greece, here are the links:-

1. Athens – The Homeland of the Gods

2. The White Dream in Mykonos

3. Santorini – Almost Heaven

4. Miscellaneous


SandyCarlson said...

Breathtakingly beautiful! Amazing, too. The technology of the past is becoming the technology of the future!

jams o donnell said...

What gorgeous photos. Happy WW

Joyismygoal said...

fun to see lots of detail thank you

Anonymous said...

great and sharp shots!
love the blue skies

thanks for dropping by! :)
..too bad the sky was cloudy when we passed by the bridge that day (took the shot while i was in the car); a bluer sky would have really made the shot much better! :)

CK Ng said...

Hi Sandy, Jams, joyismygoal and snippets, welcome to my blog. :) Thanks for all your kind compliments. I hope you drop by more often.

M.H. said...

Lovely lovely place to visit!

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