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According to mythology, under the rock formations of Mykonos were buried the Giants killed by Hercules during the Battle of the Giants. Another tradition says that the island got its name from the hero Mykonos, son of the king of Delos Anios, and the nymph Ryus. Its first inhabitants were the Cares and the Phoenicians, while the Ionians settled here around 1,000 BC. Later, it passed into the hands of the Romans and the Byzantines. The latter is credited with important defensive works done for the fear of pirates. After the Fourth Crusade, Mykonos came under the Venetian family of Andreas and Jeremiah Gizi, remaining under their control until 1390. During this period, Chora was founded with its labyrinthine alleys, as we know it today. In 1537 Haireddin Barbarossa, admiral of Suleiman the Magnificent, destroyed Mykonos. Although the place remained under Ottoman occupation until 1821, due to its geographical location it developed into an important supply station for foreign merchant ships and a naval center. In 1822 the Mykonians, led by Manto Mavrogenos, repelled an attack by a squadron of the Turkish fleet and participated in the liberation struggle with four equipped ships. In 1873, the French Archaeological School of Athens began excavations on the sacred island of Delos, promoting the idea of ​​traveling to the region to the upper social circles. Around 1930, the elite of the time arrived in Delos, discovering, in addition to the impressive archaeological findings, Mykonos. "Destiny", tourism is growing and Mykonos is gaining the place it deserves in the global tourism market.


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