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Molivos, Lesvos Island
ABOUT MOLIVOS (MITHYMNA)
Molivos (or Mithymna) at the northern tip of Lesvos is arguably the
most beautiful village of the island with its picturesque harbour
dominated by the castle and tiers of red-tiled stone houses climbing
up the slopes away from the blue sea. At night, the flood lit castle
turns the harbour into one of the most romantic places on earth,
perfect for a special dinner-for-two. Molivos, the capital of the
Province, and the contiguous villages of Skala Sykamnias, Sykamnia,
Lepetymnos, Argenos, Vafios and rural area of Eftalou comprise the
present Municipality of Mithymna.
According to mythology, Mithymna was one of the five daughters of
the mythical King Makara. During the middle ages Mithymna takes on the
name Molyvos or Molivos. The writing of Molyvos with an iota (i) could
be considered the proper way to spell the name, if we were to accept
the assumption that the stem of the word is the West European
periphrastic denomination Mont d' olives (mountain of olives). The
traditional architecture of the town reflects the modus vivendi and
social life styles of the past. In 1965 the competent authorities put
a preservation order on the entire settlement of Molyvos (Mithymna),
thus declaring it a protected town.
Mithymna owns an archaeological collection with impressive findings
from the surrounding area, and a library with a collection of over ten
thousand volumes and manuscripts. In the past, music was the beloved
activity of the Mithymnian people. Arion was a brilliant poet who set
music to verses like no other. Zeus, Dionysos and Hercules were
especially worshipped. Virgile mentions that the grapes of Mithymna
were unequalled in their aroma and nectars.
Since 1960, tourist development has played a critical role in the
life and evolution of Molyvos. Every year a significant number of
cultural events and conferences, both national and international, are
held in Molyvos. Art exhibitions, lectures, theatrical performances
and folklore events are held in the town. Apart from the tourist
industry, the local inhabitants also work in the fishing, olive
cultivation, cattle-breeding and farming sector.
A carefree, cheerful life...
A cool breeze blows by the blue sea in the morning...
Serenity in the late afternoon...
The golden sunrise...
Fishing boats and nets at the stone port...
Merry-making at night, in the starlit town...
Pegeantry during the festive nights under the illuminated castle...
He who drinks the water, forgets it not and returns...