Ancient Quarries

The Ancient Quarries of Paros are located within approximately a 7 km distance from Parikia, in Marathi region, from where the famous Parian marble was quarried during the ancient times. Here, you will have the chance to admire closely the place where the famous lychnitis was extracted from (the Parian marble was called lychnitis due to the lamps (lychnoi) used for its extraction).

Its clarity and transparency (light reaches a depth of 7 cm, unlike the marble from Penteli Mountain in which the light reaches a depth of only 1.5 cm), made the Parian marble particularly renowned and sought-after if one considers that great sculptors of various eras used it for their artworks.

Great artworks were made of lychnitis, including Aphrodite of Milos, Hermes of Praxiteles, the Korai of the Acropolis, the Nike of Samothrace, the Nike of Delos, the Siphnian treasury in Delphi, the temple of Zeus at Olympia, the temple of Apollo in Delos and several exhibits of the Archaeological Museum of Paros.

The operation of quarries started during the protocycladic period and it was discontinued in the 19th century. Today, the visitor can see the galleries and corridors as well as the inscriptions created by the ancient artists.