Windmills of Patmos

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The Monastery’s three windmills sit atop a hill in the UNESCO world heritage town of Chora on Patmos, one of Europe’s most important historical and religious pilgrimage sites. Two of the windmills were built in 1588, the third in 1863. When flour production ceased in the 1950s, the windmills were abandoned and fell into disrepair, as did most of the windmills in Europe. In 2010 a project aimed at restoring the windmills to their original appearance and design, making them productive by reinstating their traditional use and adapting them to new uses. It sought to open the windmills to the public as a living museum, thereby recapturing and applying lost knowledge that would delight and educate both islanders and visitors alike. The project has resulted in a revitalised, working and aesthetically beautiful heritage site.

Patmos (Greek, Πάτμος) is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Its main communities are Chora (the capital city), and Skala, the only commercial port. In 1999, the island’s historic center Chora, along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Chora, Patmos, Dodecanese Islands, Greece, Europe

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