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Ancient Marble Quarries

The ancient underground marble quarries of Paros are situated in the settlement of Marathi, 5 km northeast of Parikia. This was the source of the Parian marble which was extensively used in architecture and sculpture of Ancient Greece and was the main source of Parian wealth during this period. Marble was known as Paria Lithos (Parian Stone) and it was of signal importance in the island's development during the 7th Century BC. From this white, spotless, almost transparent and unique marble, many phenomenal art works were created. Famous sculptors of various ages built unique Cycladic statues such as the Aphrodite of Milos, the Hermes of Praxiteles, the Victory of Samothrace, Acropolis Daughters, Niki of Dilos. Temple of Apollo and the Treasure of the Siphnians in Delphi, Temple of Zeus in Olympia, the temple of Apollo in Delos, and many of the exhibits of the archaeological museum of Paros. Parian marble is said to have built 70% of ancient sculptures and even the Temple of Solomon is apparently built from Parian marble.

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