Municipality of Mithymna or Molivos
Mithymna (or Molivos) is the capital of the Province of
Mithymna. Mithymna and the contiguous villages of Skala Sykamnia, 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
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
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