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History of Paros

Paros has been inhabited since ancient times, from the 5-4 millenia ancient settlements appear between Paros and Antiparos, while during the period of the Cycladic civilization, 3200-2000 BC, is an important commercial center. During the Minoan times-2000-1600 BC - it continued to be a commercial and military center after it was colonized by Alcaeus, who built the first city in the present Parikia, Alcaeus named the island Minois. Also marks of the Mycenaean civilization have been discovered on the island, giving us information about how important Paeros was during 1600-1100 BC.

During the Geometric period, an Arcadian team led by ''Paros'' installed in the island, and gave the name of the leader...Parow!. Shortly after arriving a new colony began, this time by the Ionians. Paros is becoming a great naval power and commerce of marble brings riches to the island.

During the Archaic period, Paros founded in 680 Bc a colony to Thasos and exploit the gold deposits of the Thracian coast. From Paros arose famous sculpture workshops in the 7th century while poetry flourished, with Archilochus as the main representative of the lyric poet.

In the classical period, the island receives the Persians and a large part of the army followed the Persian fleet in campaigns against Greece. After the defeat of the Persians (480 BC), Athenian fleet led by Themistocles arrived on the island of Paros and forces the local lords to join the Athenian alliance. At that time the famous Parian sculptors Agoracritus and Purpose arose. The town of Paros (the site of the Parikia today) is at that time 50,000 people, while wonderful buildings like temples, theater and a stadium give life to the island . By the end of the classical period, Paros is an ally of the Macedonians until the death of Alexander the Great.

During the Roman and Byzantine era until the Ottoman rule, the island is a province of the Roman and Byzantine empire, after them Franks and Venetians ruled the island of Paros. In the contemporary history Paros takes an active part in the Greek Revolution of 1821. Due to the location, Paros has played a strategic role during the Second World War. Since 1960 a new Paros arose with tourism as the main activity of the local people.


Sightseeing in Paros

Because of the geographical position of Paros, it was influenced culturally by the conquerors who left behind exceptional buildings while the commercial and artistic activities in Byzantine era gave the island a jewel of culture. Visitors will have the opportunity to admire the unique buildings and areas such as:

- The hill of the medieval castle at the heart of the state since the first installation (4th millennium BC) until today.

- The Valley of the Butterflies, a region that has running water and lush vegetation, an ideal home for hundreds of butterflies moving here during the summer months.

- The sacred jewel of Paros is the church of Ekatodapyliani, one of the most important early Christian monuments of the Greek world. Located in northeast part of the town of Paros, a short distance from the port. It is believed that its construction began in the 4th century.


Beaches in Paros

Paros is famous for its turquoise waters and sandy beaches which offer visitors plenty of options from the cosmopolitan Punda Beach to the quiet bay of Agia Irini. The options are many and scattered along the coastline while the restaurants and cafes near the beach gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy a rich meal or a drink near the beach.