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Apart from its cosmopolitan character, Mykonos has a great history to show.
According to Greek mythology it was named after the hero Mykono.He was the son of Apollo and nymph Roious.
But according to another myth there were buried the giants that Hercules killed. That's why Mykonos ground has a lot of rocks.
As it is proved from the archaeological findings, Kares first inhabited Mykonos in prehistoric times. Later Phinics, Cretes and Ions came to the island.
After the end of Persian wars, Mykonos, became part of the partnership in Dilo, as all the islands in Cyclades.
The domination of Athens lasted from 478BC to 393BC.
During the Roman domination, Dilos had a lot of privileges. From 166BC was a free port. In this period better financial times started for Mykonos that lasted till 88BC. It was then that Mythridatis destroyed Dilo.
Mykonos was part of Achaia, in Byzantine times. Later, when the provinces of Byzantine Empire had to divide, Mykonos was attached to the islands.
In 1207 Eneti domained Cyclades. Mykono's headquarter was given to Gizi brothers. The island remained under the domination of Eneti until 1537, when it was taken over by Barbarosa.
In 1615 Kino of Mykonos was established, a self-dominated union that was given to the residents of Mykonos by Turkish. Since then the island had guardians elected every year.
When the Greek revolution burst out, Mykonos was a powerful naval force, as its fleet had a lot of ships that offered great help to the revolution.
In October 1822 the Turkish tried to debark on the island, but Mykonians averted them with Mado Mavrogenous as their leader.
In 1830 Mykonos along with the other Greek islands, with the partnership of London, added to the free Greek Union.
Since then it shares a common course with the rest Greece.
Mykonos is known as the most cosmopolitan island in Cyclades and in Greece generally. One of the first islands with tourist development. Moreover in the early 1960's already was celebrities' favorite island. Today it's the most popular holiday destination globally.
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