Famous Parian MarbleFamous Parian Marble

Next to the settlement Marathi, only a few kilometers from Parikia, you will find the ancient marble quarries of Paros. Here, they used to quarry the famous Parian marble. Parian marble is a fine-grained semi translucent pure-white and entirely flawless marble quarried during the classical era on the Greek island of Paros in the Aegean Sea. It was highly prized by ancient Greeks for making sculptures. Some of the greatest masterpieces of ancient Greece were carved from Parian marble, including:

  • Nike of Samothrace
  • Statue of Augustus from Prima Porta
  • Hermes and the Infant Dionysus
  • Parthenon roof’s tiles
  • Napoleon’s tomb
  • the Venus of Milos,
  • the Hermes of Praxiteles,
  • the Kore from the Acropolis,
  • the Nike of Delos,
  • the temple of Apollo and the Sifnian treasure at Delphi,
  • the temple of Zeus at Olympia,
  • the temple of Apollo at Delos.