Beneath the island, within the bowels of the earth, one can still hear the voices of Ancient Parian stonesmiths digging for marble.

Parian marble is unique in the sense that it was extracted not in conventional open-air quarries, but in mines tunnelled deep inside the mountain, under the light of oil lamps.

Looking at the abandoned mines today, one realises that indeed, to find the things that are most bright, one has to dig in the darkest places.



Ancient Paros was an extremely wealthy island thanks to its marble, as well as its sought-after stonesmiths and sculptors.

Parian marble is a translucent stone of exceptional whiteness. It is whiter even than Pentelic marble, the stone used to build the Parthenon in Athens.

We can imagine the ancient port city of Paros as the world’s whitest city, its buildings made of a stone so white, they shone ethereal and eternal like the sun itself.

The whitewashed town today still reflects the blinding glare of that past.


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