Ancient Marble Quarries in Paros, Greece
An interior road from Lefkes and Marpissa that passes by the side of a mountain ultimately leads to the renowned ancient marble quarries of Marathi, in Paros. This is the place where one of the finest varieties of marble is found. The Parian marble was much preferred by the renowned Greek sculptors largely due to its transparency and fine consistency. Some of the all time great masterpieces like the world famous Venus de Milo and Hermes were sculpted using the Parian marble. Visitors who intend to visit the quarries find the immense pathway that leads one to the actual quarries very diotic and foolhardy due to the fact that the pathway is paved with marble. As you walk along the meandering pathway, you will come across a cluster of old abandoned edifices and further ahead lies the ancient quarries. The deserted buildings that stand on the right hand side of the pathway used to belong to an erstwhile French mining company. It is believed that this French company supplied the Parian marble for the purpose of constructing Napoleon's tomb way back in the year 1844. This French company also happens to be the last mining company to operate in this quarry. A distance of 150 feet to the left hand side of the marbled pathway lie the world-famous quarries of Paros. There is an additional quarry, which is located to the left of the pathway and dates back to the 3rd century BC. This quarry is conspicuous by its reliefs of Greek gods, which are strategically positioned at the entrance itself and is rather innovatively protected by a cage like enclosure.