The airport on the popular Greek island of Mykonos is set to be renamed after a Greek heroine that fought in the Greek War of Independence.
The Greek Ministry of Transport has announced that Mykonos airport will be renamed Manto Mavrogenous in honor of the heroine of the Greek War of Independence.
Mavrogenous, whose family was from Mykonos, was an affluent woman that spent all her fortune for the Hellenic cause. Under her encouragement, her European friends contributed funds and weapons to the revolution, and she herself led missions which she funded to fight off Turkish forces.
“Manto Mavrogenous was a great heroine of the Greek revolution… For many reasons, history has kept a low profile for her, underestimating and silencing her great contribution,” an announcement by the Municipality of Mykonos said.
The municipality had requested for the island’s airport to be named after the heroine in March 2021 on the occasion of the 200th anniversary after the beginning of the Greek revolution for independence.
They said it is “a minimum tribute to the great fighter who pioneered during the historical events” and is intertwined with the island’s local history.
“Adding her name to Mykonos Airport is a small gesture but one that has great symbolism today, for the position of women and the role of individual responsibility and contribution to civil societies that fight for their values,” the municipality said.
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