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Quarry 


Quarry

The road that connects Paroikia with Lefkes meets Marathi in its 4th km, a beautiful green, picturesque village with white houses and three small churches. Really close, at the east of the village, we meet the ancient quarries of marble. From here it was extracted the famous marbles of Paros, main source of wealth for the island through all the periods of history, also famous for its contribution to the architecture and mainly the sculpture of the classical years. The main feature of the marble of Paros is its pureness and its clarity. It has a unique transparency, it permits the light to reach 3.5cm deep (in the famous Italian marble of Karara it reaches the depth of 2.5cm and in this of Penteli 1.5cm). The marble of Paros was given shape by recognized sculptors like Phidias, Agorakritos, Praxitelis,and Skopas. From this pure white marble were created the masterpieces of antiquity: the Aphrodite of Milos, the Hermes of Praxitelis, the Daughters of Acropolis, the Niki of Dilos, the temple of Apollo, the treasure of Sifnos in Delphi, the temple of Zeus in Olympia and the temple of Apollo in Dilos. It is estimated that the 70% of the sculptures in the area among the Aegean Sea are from the marbles of Paros. It was named lignite because it was extracted from deep galleries under the light of lamps. Until our days the corridors, the galleries and the inscriptions of ancient artists are preserved. Today we can visit the place from two entrances. The extraction of marble begun in the early Cycladic period (3200 B.C.-2000B.C.). The function of the quarries stopped at the end of the 19th century.

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