Paros monuments category includes information, maps and photographs about monuments on Paros and Antiparos island. Posts for monuments also tag to places accordingly distance or other criteria.
First of all , Paros was the island of the famous white marble. The ancient queries are in Marathi, which is visible. This marble is the material of many famous sculptures in classic ages. Of course , many sculptures are still in Paros archaeological museum.
Moreover, there are monuments from Byzantine ages. They built big and small churches according to the religious spirit of that period. This period’s most interesting monument is Panagia Ekatontapyliani.
Furthermore, Venetian architecture shows their passage from Paros and Cyclades. Parikia’s castle is the biggest monument of this period. Actually, both Byzantine and Venetians built above ancient Greeks creations.
In conclusion, monuments from modern ages are still maintained on Paros. Windmills, threshing fields are there to show us, how local people survive on Paros the previous century.
Butterflies valley is located on west-side Paros, between Parikia and Aliki. It is a place with trees and intent vegetation. It is near the “Monastery of Christos Dasos” (or Agios Arsenios ).
This place is well known as «Petaloudes (from a Greek translation) or Valley of the Butterflies» , an idyllic landscape of dense vegetation and abundant running water, a unique monument of Natural beauty.
It is the ideal place to relax in the shadow of big perennial trees. The area is a small park with paths and steps, so making your way around is rather easy. The park has entrance fees and it is open from June to September from 9AM to 8PM .
The archaeological museum of Paros is in the central of the town, a few meters from the port.
There are sculptures, pottery, architectural parts, urns and Roman mosaic floor from Neolithic period to early Christianity.
The important exhibits of the museum include marble statue of Gorgon,
two marble relief plates,
colossal marble statue of Artemis,
marble Ionic capital dating from the 6th century BC,
memorial of Achilochus,
neolithic figurine of a woman sitting with crossed legs with her hands under her chest,
marble statue of a kore with chiton.
It is considered a must see for visitors of the island.
It is opened every day except Monday from 08:00 to 15:00.
Panagia Ekatontapyliani is the most majestic church on Paros, because of its size and history. It is located in Parikia , a few meters from the port.
There are many legends about this church in Christian Orthodox tradition. One of them is about its architect. According to the story the church was made from architects who design the church of Agia Sofia in Istanbul. Consequently, they used the same rhythm. One of the oldest baptistery and other religious monuments are preserved here.
It is the metropolis of Parikia. The most popular celebration happens here in 15th of August, in honor of virgin Mary. The festival includes parades, ship parades, fireworks, traditional music and dancing.