Marathi. Marathi was once a very important village on the Greek island of Paros. From this region came the famous Parian white marble, once used to build important historic buildings and statues. The marble quarries existed before the year 3000 BC. In the 19th century, Greek and foreign companies located here to mine the marble. Why is the marble of Paros so special? Because it is much more transparent than marble from other areas, giving it a more pleasing appearance. Famous works made of Parian marble include the Venus of Milos (Louvre) and Nike of Samothrace (Louvre). Just outside Marathi there is an exhibition of marble art pieces, created by Greek artists. Marathi is located four kilometers (2.5 mi) east of Parikia, in the village live today about one hundred people.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Edited by Katrina Butzer