Wherever you go in Greece, you’re never far away from an important archaeological site or a world-class museum. This beautiful country has a long and storied history, one that’s widely known and celebrated all over the world. It also draws countless visitors here who all want the same thing: to get a taste of Greece’s unique and rich history.
This is nowhere truer than on the beautiful island of Paros, a must visit for its magnificent scenery… and the wonderful Archaeological Museum of Paros. Established in 1960, you’ll find this gem of an attraction in Parikia, the island’s main port and capital city.
Paros belongs to the Cyclades, a complex of Greek islands located in the very center of the Aegean Sea. It’s for this reason that so much of the museum and its many exhibits focus on the so-called Cycladic civilization, which dominated the region and flourished in the third millennium BC on the Cycladic islands.
Once inside the museum, you will see many magnificent exhibits dating as far back as the Neolithic period right up to the beginning of Christianity. The exhibits are all of great historic value and provide the visitor with a distinct understanding of the island’s importance as a place of trade and commerce – it lay directly on trade routes leading to Africa and Europe, and all the way to Asia – from antiquity right up to the present day.
Among the most important exhibits on display are the well-known Cycladic Lodges, the Nike of Paros, the Gorgos, and the goddess Artemis. Another highlight can be found in the museum’s outdoor area, where visitors can see a variety of exhibits dating from Roman Times right through to the Classical periods.
When you visit this superb archaeological site, be sure to secure the services of a professional guide, who will be well equipped to inform and educate you regarding this important aspect of ancient Greece.
To learn more about the Archaeological Museum of Paros, visit their website here.
Maria Athanasopoulou is Founder of Respond on Demand, a company promoting Greek tourism to travel agents abroad and co-founder of Top Tourism , a non-profit company promoting Greek tourism and culture. She is also ambassador for Greece to the World Food Travel Association.