Paros Ancient Cemetery

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Location: Parikia

The Ancient Cemetery of Parikia in Paros: The ancient cemetery of Paros is located close to the port of Parikia and is one of the most important ancient cemeteries of the Cyclades. Archaeological evidence shows that it was in use from the 8th century BC until the 3rd century AD.
Walls divided the cemetery and the ancient town.

Back in antiquity, the mortality rate of children was high and most of the burials were made in huge marble vases or stone structures. The largest number of graves belongs to the second half of the 7th century BC. Excavations revealed many amphorae and a 3m high mass grave with a headstone from archaic times, which probably marked an important military event.

At the western part of the cemetery, several marble sarcophagi from the post-Roman period were discovered and placed over some marble abutments. Those sarcophagi were considered characteristic of Paros, while similar were also found in Thassos, a former colony of Paros. They are now on display in the Archaeological Museum of Paros.

This ancient cemetery was greatly extended and reached the present Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani. Excavation works were very difficult for the archaeologists who had to encounter a marshy area with deep-rooted plants. They actually had to drain out the water by using high-velocity water pumps. Excavations on this site started in 1983 when the municipality of Paros ordered to start of works for the construction of a cultural center close to the port.

How to get there

The Ancient Cemetery is located in the village of Parikia, just a 7-minute walk away from the bus station and 7 minutes from a parking lot.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 4540 556, 0030 694 4668 331, 0030 699 9450 800, or booking your taxi online.

Car rental: Τhere's the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Ancient Cemetery and many other places of interest at their own pace.

Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at the main Port of Paros (Parikia). There are bus connections between this bus station and most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.



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