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The sculpture in Paros

What is the element that makes the marble of Paros so special? Its clarity and its lucidity. The Pentelic marble has a light transparency that reaches 1.5 cm. The famous marble of Italian Carrara reaches 2.5 centimeters. The Parian one exceeds 3.5! Due to its outstanding qualities, the Parian marble constituted an ideal raw material for the sculpture art and the architecture in the antiquity. The first marble works of art were the Cycladic figurines and vessels. In the historical times, the Parians were not constrained only to the marble trade, which gave them wealth and power. With the advent of the 6th century a famous school of sculpture was developed on the island. Renowned workshops were created while artistic heyday and cultural development prevailed. Artists such as Agoracritus (5th century BC) and Scopas (4th century BC) became famous all over Greece. Works of this school adorn big sanctuaries of that time such as the temple of Apollo and the treasure of the Sifnians at Delphi, the temple of Zeus in Olympia, the temple of Apollo in Delos etc. Some of the greatest statues of the ancient period were made of Parian marble: Nike of Paeonius, Hermes of Praxiteles, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, Aphrodite of Milos.
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The ancient quarries

The quarries of Paros are an important geotope. A great part of the island’s growth since the ancient years is due to the marble deposits. The main quarries are located on mountain Profitis Ilias, 780m high. The first one is located between the monastery of Agios Minas and the church of Agii Anargyri. The second one is at Marathi, on the southeastern side of the mountain. The third one is the so-called quarry Kleanthi and the fourth one is near the village of Marmara. The fifth one is called “ancient tombs”.
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Environmental and Cultural Park of Ai Giannis Detis

It is one of the most beautiful areas in Paros and in the Cyclades. The monastery of Ai Giannis Detis which is revealed as a white dot after the shipyard and marks this unique place where the Municipality of Paros created a Model Environmental and Cultural Park with cultural, sport, entertainment and ecological activities. There is a refreshment stand and an outdoor theatre of 600 people capacity where cultural events are organized.  
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