You might not have heard of it, but it’s one of the most popular Cyclade islands.
You might not have heard of Paros, but it’s one of the most popular Cyclade islands. Located in the Aegean Sea, it’s the perfect getaway for couples, families, and young travelers. Here are some fun facts you might not have known about Paros.
1. Magic marbles.
Known for producing gorgeous “Parian” white marbles, Paros has many abandoned marble mines on the island.
2. Hi, my name is.
Here are just a few of Paros’ ancient names: Plateia (or Pactia), Demetrias, Strongyli, Hyria, Hyleessa, Minoa and Cabarnis. Which is your favorite?
Paros island has been inhabited since 4000BC, but it began to flourish around 3000BC. Parian marble can be discovered from this period when the island was referred to as Minoa, signifying that the Paros had civilization back then.
4. Peloponnesos, the Arcades, the Ionians…oh my!
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These three types of tribes living on Paros made the island a strong community in the Cyclades and the Aegean sea. Until the 6th century BC, they were trading marbles with the Phoenicians.
5. Defeated by Naxos…
After the 6th century, Naxos defeated Paros and took over the power in the Cyclades. During the Persian wars, Paros sided with the Persians to fight against Athens. It was only after the Persians lost, Paros then joined forces with Athens.
6. Ruled by Sparta.
Paros was ruled by Sparta by the end of the Classical period. Macedonians and Romans also ruled Paros afterwards.
7. Being Byzantine.
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The success of marbles carried Paros through the Byzantine period. When the Arabs invaded Paros, the island was emptied. Until the 13th century when the Venetians came and brought life back on the island.
8. Turkish Taxes.
When the Turkish ruled the island, despite heavy tax, many churches and monasteries were built. In 1821, Paros played an important role during the Greek revolution against the Turks, and was freed.
9. Parikia, the capital.
Parikia is situated where the ancient capital of Paros was. Parikia harbor is a huge hub for ferries and catamarans coming from and to Athens, Crete, Naxos, Ios, Mykonos, and Santorini. Today’s Parikia is a charming village with white houses and tiny streets for wanderlusts.
10. Church of the hundred doors.
Near Parikia’s main square is Paros’ main church: Panagia Ekatontapiliani, which means “church of the hundred doors.” It was founded by Saint Helen, who was Roman Emperor Constantine the Great’s mother. During her pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she established the church.
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