Top attractions in Paros

Paros is an island with long history that starts from the prehistoric times. In the antiquity, Paros was famous and prosperous due its quarries of fine-quality marble, of which many famous temples and statues were constructed. The most important ancient monument in Paros is the Temple of Apollo and Asclepius, on a hill above Parikia. Many interesting findings from excavations on Paros island and other neighboring islands of Cyclades are today hosted at the Archaeological Museum of Paros.

However, the most important sightseeing in Paros dates from the Byzantine times. It is the Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapyliani, meaning Church of Virgin Mary with the Hundred Doors. This monastery was originally founded in the 4th century AD and had many transformations along centuries. Very interesting sightseeings in Paros are also the Old Towns of Parikia and Naoussa, which are actually Venetian towns.

Exterior view of the Byzantine Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapyliani in Paros, Cyclades

The Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapyliani (or Ekatontapiliani) in Paros is one of the oldest and most important monasteries in Greece. Located few meters from the port of Parikia, the capital of Paros, this is a well-preserved paleo-Christian monument. Its name Ekatontapyliani means One Hundred Doors. According to the tradition, this monastery has 99 doors and one secret door that will open when Hagia Sophia of Constantinople will become again an Orthodox Church. Tradition also says that this monastery...