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Dilio

The view to Parikia bay is grandiose, but the archaeological site took its name because it “watches” (among the crack that is created by two lower facing hillocks) the most sacred island of the antiquity, Delos. It is located on a hill which is called Vigla by the locals. A sanctuary in honour of Apollo Delius was founded on the hill in the 9th century, probably at the place of a pre-historic sanctuary. Inside the surrounding wall there was a rock-altar for the god’s worship. In 1899 during the excavations of Rubensohn, a small Dorian temple was discovered, dedicated to Apollo and Artemis, which was built in early 5th century BC. Fragments of a colossal statue of Artemis were found during the excavations and a Kore statue dating back to circa 360 BC, which is exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Paros.  
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Sanctuary of Asclepius and Pythian Apollo

The coastal road towards Aliki brings you to the hill of Agia Anna and the characteristic sign that indicates the direction towards the worship site of the god of medicine, Asclepius (4th century BC). The temple was outdoor, built around a fountain.  At the same area, some traces from an ancient temple dedicated to Pythian Apollo are preserved. Only the foundations of the buildings are preserved.    
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Koukounaries, on the northern part of Paros and the inmost part of Naousa’s bay, is a rocky hill of gray granite 75m high. The excavations, which took place between 1975-1992 under the auspices of the Archaeological Society at Athens, unveiled facilities of the Neolithic period under the layers of the Early and Late Bronze era and the Historical years. They constitute a typical sample of insular Neolithic settlement concerning the location, the form of facility, the types of the pottery and tools, as well as the economy.
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The ancient cemetery

Near the port, almost below the coastal road, a great cemetery came to light in 1983 which dated from the late 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD. It includes tombs of different styles and different eras. The most important finding is a polyandrion (mass grave), unique in the Aegean which dates back to the late Geometrical period (8th century BC). In front of the polyandrion there is a huge headstone. Today the site operates as an archaeological park. At the showroom next to the cemetery you will see interesting findings and photos from the excavations.
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