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The archetypal Aegean island
KOLYMPITHRES IS THE MOST POPULAR AND FAMOUS BEACH IN PAROS
he centre of pre-Cycladic civilization in ancient times, over the centuries Paros has retained its hegemonic position as a cultural and commercial hub, while nowadays it is a popular tourist destination for foreigners and Greeks alike, with an extensive community of expats. Round in shape, it is formed by a single mountain sloping down on all sides. A wealthy island already during antiquity, Paros has a turbulent history, which includes alternately alliances with the Persian Empire and membership to the second Athenian confederacy (4th century BC), before following a trajectory common to many Greek cities, subject successively to the Hellenistic dynasty, and the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman Empires, until it joined the modern Greek state in 1832. One of the most remarkable heroines of the Greek War of Independence, Manto Mavrogenous, lived here.
110 _ CITY GUIDE summer 2014