Mykonos honours Greek heroine with renaming of airport

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Iconic Greek Island, Mykonos, is paying tribute to one of the Greek revolution’s most underrepresented heroines, Manto Mavrogenous, by officially renaming their local airport. 

On the 19th of April, it was revealed by the municipality that the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has now officially changed the name of Mykonos Airport to Mykonos- Manto Mavrogenous Airport. 

Manto Mavrogenous was a heroine of the Greek Revolution, which took place between 1821 and 1829. She was born into a wealthy family in 1796 and spent all of her fortune on the revolution and even convinced her wealthy European friends to contribute money and weapons. 

Despite her dedication to the revolution, Manto, like many women in her time, was left out of the history books and her many contributions went underrepresented for the longest time. 

The addition of her name to the Mykonos Airport pays homage to the large role she played during the war and all of her efforts during this time. 

The Mayor of Mykonos, Konstantinos Koukas, made a comment regarding to the government’s decision to rename the airport, stating that decision of the municipality was a unanimous one. 

“Today, I have received great joy from the official announcement of the renaming of Mykonos Airport to Mykonos-Manto Mavrogenous Airport,” Koukas says. 

“A decision which promotes the work of the heroine of Mykonos, highlighting the rich local history and unique tradition of our island.”

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