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Another attractive aspect of Paros is the beauty of its monuments. The simplicity and functionality of these constructions turn them into small miracles performed by folk artists. With a vivid imagination, one can even hear the sound of little voices and whispers when approaching the ancient rocks of the Paroikia castle, Ekatontapiliani church and the ancient temples ruins interspersed throughout the island.

 

You are in Paroikia:

    • The Ancient Cemetery 8th  cent. BC- 2nd cent. AC, used for centuries  (Opposite the fishing shelter)
    • The Venetian Castle 13 cent. AC, situated in the traditional settlement center
    • Marmarines Vryses (Marble Fountains,) a fountain collection of the Mavrogennous family (Paroikia alleys)
    • Asclepieion, 4th cent. BC, an outdoor temple in honor of  Asclepius, the god of medicine (on the way to Aliki)
    • The Ancient Pottery Workshop in Tholos (near the peripheral road)
    • Delios Apollonas and Artemis temple, 5th cent. BC (in Krios)
    • Treis Ekklesies (the Three Churches) situated 1 km north of Paroikia and built with marbles taken from ancient temples built in the area. Pillars from Archilochus tomb were also found here.
    • Houses of the Hellenistic and Roman Periods located close to the regional road.
    • The sanctuary of Demetra and Kore, where Thesmoforia observances took place.
    • The sculpture workshop and, ascending the same road, the remains of the ancient wall that surrounded the ancient “glowing town” of Paros, named after its marble buildings that glowed under the Aegean sun
    • Neoclassical buildings of the 18th-19th centuries and urban houses of the same period at the market and the castle.Neoclassical buildings of the 18th-19th centuries and urban houses of the same period at the market and the castle.

     

    You are in Naousa:

    • Koukounaries, a 12fth cent. BC Mycenaean Palace with a citadel equal to 50.000 m2 and important findings (in Kolimbithres)
    • Plastiras area, cemetery of the First Cycladic era, with characteristic idols, (Kolimbithres)
    • Walled Settlement, on Economou island, at Lagkeri bay.
    • The Venetian Castle (Kastelli),15th cent. AD, protects the harbor of Naoussa from the north, built during the Sommaripa dynasty.
    • AghiosIoannis Detis, remains of the Russian presence on the island.
    • The Venetian port of Naousa, one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan ports in the Aegean.

      You are in Marpissa:

        • 15th cent.Venetian Castle ruins on the Kefalos hill, in Aghios Antonios, east of Marpissa
        • The Byzantine settlement of Marpissa
        • The little church devoted to AghiosGeorgios Thalassitis, an arched single-room church of the 11th or 12th century, perhaps the most ancient of that type on the island, situated between Logaras and Piso Livadi

        You are in Marmara:

        • Marble Basins made of ancient pillars’ parts, before reaching the Pera Panaghia church

        You are in Drios:

          • “Neosoikoi” (ancient shipyards), trenches on the rocks made by the ancient Parians to haul and protect the ships on Drios shore and, mainly, to transfer the noted Parian marble, the “Parian Stone” to the East, Africa, Italy and South Sicily.

         

        You are in Prodromos:

        • Rural Cycladic traditional settlement that preserves its originality.Apollo was worshiped there as the patron god of shepherds.

        You are in Alyki:

        Marble basins reminding us of the past, when women used to gather altogether to wash their linens.Beautifully lit at night!

         

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