Sightseeing in Paros
The Church of Ekatondapyliani or Katopoliani is one of the most important Byzantine monuments and one of the finest churches in Greece. It is dominated to the Dormition of Our Lady and according to the tradition was founded by Santa Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine. On the Assumption of Virgin Mary day, 15th of August, there is a great celebration on the seafront. Rare icons, ecclesiastical objects and valuable relics are exhibited in church's museum . The exhibits are of the post-Byzantine period and most of them date back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Museum of Byzantine Art in Naoussa is located in the renovated cells of St. Athanasios, which during the Turkish occupation was a catholic school. Woodcut devotional vessels, sculptures from the Roman and Venetian period, icons of Parian and Cretan hagiographers from the 12th and 13th centuries, 'The Prayer' from the 15th century, 'The Deposition from the Cross' and 'Virgin Mary holding Christ' both from the 16th century, as well as the only part of a fresco that is preserved in a Byzantine church in Protoria, Naousa from the 12th century are all exhibited in this museum.
The Archaeological Museum of Paros was founded in 1960, when a large room was built next to the High School, to house the antiquities which were until then kept in the cells of the Katapoliani monastery. A second room was built at the end of the 1960's and further extension work of the museum began only recently, in 1995. The museum contains the following collections: Archaic and Classical sculpture. Pottery, sculpture and small finds dating from the Neolithic to the Roman period. Sculptures, architectural parts, urns, and a mosaic floor dating from the Roman period.
The Ancient Pottery Workshop Tholos is dated back to the 3rd century B.C. It has two cisterns, auxiliary rooms, two spacious kilns (diameter 2m.) and four smaller ones, in the construction of which Archaic pithoi with impressed decoration were used:
a) a Geometric grave
b) and a wall of a large Archaic building were uncovered in the deeper strata.
The excavation started in 1986 in private land and was extended in the area of the street in 1990. The monument is now preserved in the basement of the modern building.