Flights to Paros
An island in the central Aegean Sea, the island
of Paros (2001 population 12,853) is part of the Cyclades island group. Paros is one of the top European
tourist-hotspots, and has become world-known for its fine white marble, used
for China and fine marbles everywhere.
Dating back to approximately 385 BC, Paros suffered from a lot of
warfare over its history, including a large battle with Athens. Paros also sided with the famous Xerxes the
first of Persia against Greece in the second Greco-Persian War (480 - 479
BC). In its early times, Paros was one
of the wealthiest islands in the Aegean.
Though little is known about the constitution of Paros, inscriptions
seem to show that it was modeled on Athenian democracy. Under the Treaty of Constantinople in 1832,
Paros became part of the independent Kingdom of Greece, the first time to be
ruled by Greeks in more than 6 centuries.
Parikia, the capital, is home to the ancient capital of Paros. The harbor-- a major hub for Aegean islands
ferries and catamarans-- the town boasts many traditional Cycladic-style homes;
white-washed with accents of blue.
Littered with luxurious vinery, pomegranates and oranges, the homes give
the town a welcoming and comfortable air.
Beside the Aegean Sea, on a large rock mound, lies the remains of a medieval
castle-- made almost entirely of marble.
Many traces of the Antiquity Era can be found throughout the city. In close proximity to the harbor also lies an
ancient cemetery, found accidentally in non-archaeological excavations. Visit the 'church of 100 doors', in Parikia's
main square. This ancient building
predates the adoption of Christianity by Roman Rule. The church is believed to have been founded
by the mother of Constantine the Great during her pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Paros contains history from many different
periods and beliefs, and has enough to interest children and adults alike.
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